Monday, June 17, 2013

'Movie Night'

Back in the day… on many a Navy Carrier when movie projectors were still the thing... the movie screen was suspended amid-ship so that it could be viewed from both sides. This procedure made available to larger crowds for the more popular flicks… ‘Debbie Does Dallas’ and the so forth… but usually the junior personnel got a reverse image from 'the wrong side of the screen.'

One evening at dinnertime an enterprising young Seaman passed the following word over the  1MC…

 "The movie to be shown in the Hangarbay tonight, for the senior personnel on the right side of the screen, ‘The Right-Handed Gun’ starring Paul Newman."

… break …

"For the junior nonrated types on the wrong side of the screen – The Left-Handed Gun, starring Namwen Luap."

1 comment:

  1. On my tin can the sheet was hung in the center of the mess deck. The projector was operated by the snipes, so all the snipes sat on the front side and everyone else sat and the reverse side. It made no difference weather you were junior or senior.