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Date: 12/25/16 19:13
MIKE Chavez--The voice of the Tehachapi and Facebook
Author: CarolVoss

Mike's Facebook-- SP DS 64 --  is still alive and well, proclaiming today, Christmas Day, to be his 111th birthday---I am sure he is grinning broadly from somewhere "up there".  One of the great ones---- missed by many, I am sure.
C

Carol Voss
Salinas, CA



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/25/16 20:06 by CarolVoss.



Date: 12/25/16 19:36
Re: MIKE Chavez--The voice of the Tehachapi and Facebook
Author: SanJoaquinEngr

I knew Mike for over 45 years. Are we talking about the same Mike ? The SP dispatcher ? He would of been born in the year 1905.

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Date: 12/25/16 19:42
Re: MIKE Chavez--The voice of the Tehachapi and Facebook
Author: CarolVoss

SanJoaquinEngr Wrote:
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> I knew Mike for over 45 years. Are we talking
> about the same Mike ? The SP dispatcher ? He
> would of been born in the year 1905.
>
> Posted from Android

the Mike I am talking about died within the last 2 or 3 years  and was probably about 70-- his age on his FB page was one of his jokes. 

Carol Voss
Salinas, CA



Date: 12/25/16 22:02
Re: MIKE Chavez--The voice of the Tehachapi and Facebook
Author: ExSPCondr

Unfortunately Mike died a year or so ago.  At least in my opnion, (which I think will be in a great majority) Mike was the SP's BEST Dispatcher in the last 50 years.  I've never known somebody who could think about so many things at the same time.

I met him when he was an operator at Mission Tower on the Santa Fe, when I was a switchman in 1966, before he hired out on the SP in 1969.

A call to an Amtrak Engineer one day: " Are you in the parlor car or the Bumble Bee?"  (He wanted to give him some more blocks, and needed somebody to copy them as the engineer couldn't because he was running.)

Mike would be 70...

A little trivia:  Who had the relief operator job at Mission Tower when Mike was the other operator there off the extra board?   Hint: his first son-in-law was a late SP LA Div engineer who went over to Amtrak way back when.   Who was the engr?

RIP Mike.



Date: 12/25/16 23:05
Re: MIKE Chavez--The voice of the Tehachapi and Facebook
Author: SanJoaquinEngr

Tom Dinger

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Date: 12/26/16 08:03
Re: MIKE Chavez--The voice of the Tehachapi and Facebook
Author: Josiah




Date: 12/27/16 08:05
Re: MIKE Chavez--The voice of the Tehachapi and Facebook
Author: ExSPCondr

Nope.



Date: 12/27/16 09:58
Re: MIKE Chavez--The voice of the Tehachapi and Facebook
Author: cewherry

Sorry Carol, not meaning to hijack your thread.


ExSPCondr Wrote:

> A little trivia:  Who had the relief operator job
> at Mission Tower when Mike was the other operator
> there off the extra board?   Hint: his first
> son-in-law was a late SP LA Div engineer who went
> over to Amtrak way back when.   Who was the
> engr?

​Bob Heuerman and Jay Bell. (I cheated. see:http://www.trainorders.com/discussion/read.php?1,3504997,3507992#msg-3507992)

​Here is Jay (in the green cap) and Jim Escalante on the ground with Pat Bray, conductor pilot in cab during the crew change at TE'A' yard, 12-22-1975.
​'Beanie' Sitker was the outbound engineer. Jay was in his element that day with a grin from ear to ear.

Charlie
 



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Date: 12/27/16 10:23
Re: MIKE Chavez--The voice of the Tehachapi and Facebook
Author: ExSPCondr

You're good Charlie! (But we already knew that.)
G



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