Jumpers Over Eighty Society
Being over 80 years old and having made at least one parachute jump (tandem,
static line, accelerated free fall, or freefall) qualifies you to join JOES.
JOES is the most recently formed group within POPS. Organizations of jumpers
over the age of eighty were started in the United Kingdom and in the
United States of America by two different individuals. In 2005 the two groups
have combined under the auspices of the POPS organization.
Peter Best, founder of the JOES group in UK, and TOP JOE #1 has passed
away on May 25, 2007. Peter had maintained a high level of activity until very recently.
He attended and judged at the 8th World POPS Meet in Eloy, AZ, USA, in October 2006. He
will be greatly missed.
For information about Peter on the UK POPS pages, see
Pete Best, 1920-2007.
Tom Morrison became TOP JOE #2. In July of 2010, Bud LaPointe became Top JOE #3.
JOES has an administrator who handles the paperwork and keeps
the membership records for the TOP JOE. Currently administration
is provided by Cheryl Whitford who is also the USA POPS web master.
Cheryl can be contacted at
Several JOES members were in attendance for the National Skydiving Museum event
at Skydive Chicago in September 2013. Photo below, taken by Alicia Moorehead, shows
Lew Sanborn, JOES #44, NSM Hall of Fame Class of 2010; Jacky Sanborn, JOES #37;
Dave DeWolf, JOES #81; Pat Moorehead, JOES #67;
Muriel Simbro, JOES #61, NSM Hall of Fame Class of 2012; and
Lenny Waugh, JOES #94 in the NSM exhibit at SDC.