Quadalajara: The Utopia That Once Was - a book by Jack Tumidajski - A history of the paraplegic and quadriplegic men and women who rediscovered life in Mexico's second largest city
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Bob Beilsmith, Joe Miller, and George Ray Chapter 21 - A Final Tribute
... Many quads, paras, and other wheelers rolled around this unique city during this unique period in history. Unfortunately, just as the Quadalajara era will never be duplicated, forgotten others will remain unknown--many of them the original Explorers and Pioneers of an almost forgotten moment in time. Maybe one was a long lost family member or acquaintance? This tribute goes out to them as well.

Over time, I will be including photos and more information for each of these hearty souls. Until then, feel free to peruse the list and contact me with information about any of these incredible people. Extensive biographical information, photos, and more can be found in Quadalajara:  The Utopia That Once Was. Be sure to pick up your copy today!

Founding Member - refers to the original nineteen quadriplegic and paraplegic veterans who, in 1964, initially petitioned the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) for a PVA chapter in Quadalajara.

Bob Beilsmith, Charles "Joe" Miller, and George Ray

  • Jimmy Adkisson
  • Roger Allen
  • Tommie Anagnostis
  • Joe Anderson
  • Oscar Anderson
  • Jerry Andrews
  • "Big Earl" Annis
  • Tatsumi "Gato" Aragaki
  • Oran Arms
  • Larry Bagget
  • Arlene Bailey
  • Bill Bailey
  • Bill Bailey - founding member
  • Bill Baker
  • Dick Baker
  • Jerry Baker
  • Bob Barrett - founding member
  • Clayton Bawden
  • Werner Begall
  • Bob Beilsmith
  • Jim Beletti
  • Greg Benisch
  • Tom Berry
  • Claudio Bertoli
  • Bob Beske - founding member
  • Jack Black
  • Larry Blinn
  • Herb Bloom
  • "Captain" Ben Borish
  • Leo Bourdosis
  • Freeman Bradshaw
  • Joe Branigan
  • Bob Brassfield
  • Don Bush
  • Joe "Candy" Candalaria
  • Dave Carlson
  • Richard Carlson
  • Dale Carr
  • Mary Lou Carroll
  • Eugene Carter
  • Joe Cella
  • Charles Ceska - founding member
  • Ernie Chavez
  • Jim Chew
  • Bill Christensen
  • Joe Cicero
  • Joe Clark
  • Cornelius Clifford
  • Ray Clifford
  • Bill Coe
  • George Connoly
  • Arnold Conrad
  • Bart Corbett
  • John Coughlin
  • Ed Creegan
  • Joe Darichuk
  • Ed Davis
  • George Dean
  • George Dempsey
  • Jim Deery
  • John DeRudder
  • Charles Derevjanik - founding member
  • Bruce Diaso
  • Gary Dier
  • Eddie Doody
  • Harold "Windy" Doolittle
  • George Dunaway
  • Tom Dunker
  • Helen Dunn
  • Ralph Durain
  • Ronald "Dizzy" Dziekonski
  • Harold Elkins
  • Bob Enge - founding member
  • Charles Erickson
  • Donald Evans - founding member
  • Bill Fausnight
  • Jerry Farnum
  • Jerry Fesenmyer
  • Pat Fitzgerald
  • Bob Flowers
  • Ray "Doc" Foland
  • Sam Frazier
  • Norman "Mousie" Frisk
  • Marion Fuget - founding member
  • Tom Gilbert
  • Charlie Gilliam
  • Billy Gilly
  • Kenny Ginsterblum
  • Philip Gioirdano
  • Tony Gomez
  • Lee Gresham
  • Cliff Gulick
  • Ken Gulrud
  • Tom Hale
  • Alfred Hanson
  • Bob Harmon
  • Paul Harycki
  • Bob Hawkins
  • Chuck Hawkins
  • Stanley Hecker
  • Kenneth Henderson
  • George Hicks
  • Harris Hjelter
  • Raymond Hoffer
  • Doyal Holt
  • Rose Horowitz
  • Sylvia Horowitz
  • Matt Huly
  • John Humphries
  • Bob Jackson - founding member
  • Russ Jacobson
  • Richard Jaros
  • Tom Johnston
  • Lorenzo Jones
  • Jimmy Jordan
  • Meyer Kabot
  • Bill Kahler
  • Larry Kegan
  • Pat Kenny
  • Josephine "JoAnn" Kirch
  • Tom Kirch
  • Ron Kovic
  • Bob Krekeler - founding member
  • Florence Krieger
  • Lewis Landstra
  • Jack Lastor
  • Robert Lawrence
  • Jim Lawson
  • Jimmy Lietz
  • Gary Lomprez
  • Norman Looney
  • Eddie Lucier - founding member
  • Paul Lynton
  • Bill Macleary
  • Roselyn Mahowald
  • Gerry Maurer
  • Dave MacDonald
  • Jim McGlynn
  • Hugh McLeod
  • Donald "Cookie" Meinberg
  • Jim Melican
  • John Melin
  • JJ Meyer
  • Asa Michael
  • Ray Michaud
  • Charles "Joe" Miller - founding member
  • Herbie Miller
  • Richard Millman
  • George Milne
  • Peter Mirche
  • Louie Morini
  • Dick Morrisroe
  • Bernie Munoz
  • Tom Musker
  • Jack Myrick
  • Abe Nadel
  • Vinnie Nash
  • Ralph Nelson
  • Bob Nemac
  • Charlie Newbold
  • Harry "Fig" Newton
  • John P. Nichol - founding member
  • Les Nickleson
  • Art Nieland
  • "Nick" Nixon
  • Sandra Olitsky
  • Ken Palmer
  • Jack Parisea
  • Paul Patino
  • Ken Perry - founding member
  • Bob Peters
  • Walter "Buddy" Pinsonnault
  • Don Porpara
  • Bob Powell - founding member
  • Stanley Prucnal - founding member
  • Evert Rabuck
  • Luella Raway
  • George Ray - founding member
  • Ray Reed
  • Charlie Reno
  • Herbert Rhoton
  • Darrell "Robbie" Robertson
  • Byron Rogers
  • John Rogers
  • Alan Roth
  • Rosemary Russell
  • Paul Saine
  • Domingo Santos
  • Roland Schellenberg
  • Lee Schlyer - founding member
  • Pete Schwenk
  • Tom Schwenk
  • James Seybold
  • George Seyfried
  • Brad Shaw
  • Virgil Shippe
  • Lee Sherrell
  • Jerry Sills
  • George Small - founding member
  • John Sniffen
  • Mary Margaret Sommers
  • Bill Spencer
  • Bill Stanley
  • Frank Stocker
  • Frank Stoppiello
  • Greg Stephenson
  • Carroll Stogel
  • Wayne Stroup
  • Ernie Swanson
  • Pete Tanno
  • Clyde Throop
  • Junior Thompson
  • Vern Thorsen
  • Lou Torres
  • Manny Trujillo
  • Jack Tumidajski
  • Gil Turetsky
  • Jerry Vale
  • Eileen Van Albert
  • Ken Van Albert
  • Dick Veilleux
  • Paula Veilleux
  • Frank Vertinelli
  • Barney Vigil
  • Frank Villani
  • Everett Vorrie
  • Dick Wacholz
  • Fred Weihe
  • Sandy Welborn
  • Art Wheaton
  • Charlie Whestine
  • Davy White
  • Ralph Willard
  • Harry "Chico" Wilson
  • Norman Wilson
  • Steve Wilson
  • Judy Winfield
  • Jack Winkler
  • Kurt Wintermyer
  • Patrick Wolf
  • Mark Woods
  • Steve Woosley
  • John Zackowski
  • Keith Ziegler
Ray Foland and friends after a great day of fishing in Manzanillo
Ray "Doc" Foland with a couple of friends and a big one that didn't get away on a pier in Manzanillo
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