Robert Parcell talks about his experiences working as a smokejumper starting in 1971. He describes the physical aspects of training at Missoula, Montana, and he discusses working with minority and women smokejumpers, as well as the attitudes of fellow smokejumpers towards them. Parcell also talks about the advent of the career jumper, and some of the negative aspects of the career including alcoholism, injuries, and plane crashes.
Smokejumpers West (United States) Biography; Smokejumping West (United States) History; Smokejumping Social aspects; Smokejumping Accidents; Alcoholism and employment United States; Women Employment United States
Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Collection, OH 133, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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1 sound cassette (79 min.) : analog + 1 transcript (30 p. : 28 cm.)
Parcell, Robert E., "Robert E. “Bob” Parcell Interview, July 25, 1984" (1984). Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion Oral History Project. OH 133-085.