Reports of Fountain Jumpers

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  1. Mikeandcris

    Mikeandcris Parents of 2014 Grad and F-15 Pilot

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    Our son reports that firsties have been spotted jumping into the fountains the last couple days. Perhaps someone can fill us in on this tradition...is it after the last class or last final of your senior year. When did it start?
     
  2. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    After your final final.

    I don't know when the tradition started...before 2006 at least.
     
  3. buffalo

    buffalo USAFA 2013

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    The cadets who were able to jump in on Friday are the lucky ones with no finals.
     
  4. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    Yeah....probably in the late 1950's...when the wing first got to USAFA proper...then sometime later they "filled the fountains in" and the only "big thing to do" was as a four-degree, to "cut through" the air "gardens" and not get caught...5 times and you were an ACE.

    Then...sometime after I graduated...they "made them fountains again..."

    Ahh...as Tevye would say: "Tradishun!"

    Steve
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  5. eagle36

    eagle36 USAFA Alumnus

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    it started sometime after 1985 from my sources. If we get enough input from grads, we may be able to pin when it started! So right now we have sometime between 1985 and 2006...
     
  6. falconchic88

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    I think it was after 88 too, because I don't remember it--The Air Gardens, yes, fountains, no.
     
  7. Stealth_81

    Stealth_81 Super Moderator Moderator Founding Member

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    We got the picture last night about 11 PM of son climbing out of the fountain. His last final (Astro) was last night until 10. The cadets sure looked cold!

    Stealth_81
     
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    after 91

    I graduated in 91 and it was still the air garden
     
  9. Mikeandcris

    Mikeandcris Parents of 2014 Grad and F-15 Pilot

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    Okay, I'll bite...

    Air Gardens? What is/was that?
     
  10. eagle36

    eagle36 USAFA Alumnus

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    After some more sources today, I believe it started in early 2000. A graduate from '98 said they they didn't do it, but one from 2003 said he remembers a few who had done it. So Some time early to mid 2000 is when it became "a tradition".
     
  11. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    It was definitely about 35F when I jumped in, after a night final! :eek:
    ...then discovered I had dropped my proxy card somewhere along the way.
     
  12. hornetguy

    hornetguy USAFA Cadet

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    Similar for mine. We jumped in after our biochem final as a group. It was snowing and I belief there was a slight layer of ice/slush on the fountain when we dove in. O_O. It was COLD. I immediately went into the shower for a long time when I got back!
     
  13. pinkharley99

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    Air Gardens

    The east quarter of the Terrazzo, known as the "Air Gardens," is a 700-foot-long (210 m) space with an ordered geometry of lighted pools, lowered grass sections and maze-like walkways. You walk right by it going to Mitch's.
     
  14. Stealth_81

    Stealth_81 Super Moderator Moderator Founding Member

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    The practice of jumping in the fountains existed in 1968, as these photos show:

    http://69.199.231.171/wiki/index.php/Jumping_in_the_fountains

    The reflecting pools and fountains were filled in and levelled in 1975 due to drainage problems. Later, between 1998 and 2000 the fountains were re-excavated and filled with water again. I suspect that the practice went away during the time that the pools were filled in (for apparent reasons) and then the tradition was re-born when they were replaced with the current fountains.

    Stealth_81
     

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