John C.

As Interviewed by Basmalah S., March 23, 2019
"There's nothing like being shot off an aircraft carrier."
John C.

Introductory Profile: About John C.

John C. is my grandfather on my mother’s side. I always knew he had been in the military -- I had been told the gruesome jet engine story before -- but for some reason, I didn’t think to ask about any of the details. When we were assigned this project, I immediately knew who I was going to interview. Once I started hearing some of the stories that he had to tell, I was very amused, and also surprised that I hadn’t asked about some of this stuff before.

Some of the topics covered in this interview are fairly gruesome. The first story is an account of his time taking off and landing in an aircraft carrier. Then we get into the dark stuff. One night when my grandfather was working, he was called in to clean up the remains of someone who had gotten sucked into a jet engine. This part contains some pretty gory details, so you probably shouldn’t listen if you are sensitive to that kind of thing.

I really enjoyed doing this interview, and I learned so many things that I had no idea even existed. The time I spent working on it was worth the stories, and my only real regret is that I was only able to fit it into a five-minute story.