Download Full Text (21.5 MB)
The Gobi Gossip was an informal publication that Jim Allen (Project Air Officer at the Siskiyou Smokejumper Base from 1953-1964) created. The first Gossip was sent to out in December of 1954 as a review of the preceding fire season. Allen wanted to keep connected with his jumpers with “Just a little news about life here on the Gobi since Fire Season.” That ‘little news’ summarized the season, added news of jumper accomplishments post-season, and provided contact for the crew members. The Gossip was extended to several times a year to keep contact alive.
The Gobi Gossip as a collection helps to accent what made the Gobi special. Allen had a simple way of connecting with jumpers, keeping them informed, and acknowledging their part of the Gobi greatness.
Smokejumping, Smokejumpers -- United States, National Smokejumper Association, Wildfire fighters, Smokejumpers -- United States -- Cave Junction (Or.)
Eastern Washington University Archives and Special Collections holds digital copies.
Allen, Jim, "Gobi Gossip, 1954-1966" (1954). Publications on Smokejumping. 9.