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During the height of the cold war when Ronald Regan called the Soviet Union the evil empire, Bill Nowicki was in the Navy. He was a nuclear-trained electrician's mate aboard the Los Angeles class fast attack submarine, the USS Minneapolis / St. Paul (SSN 708) with 100 highly trained shipmates. These are the memories of those difficult (and sometimes hilarious) times told by the men who depended on one another for their lives.

During the height of the cold war when Ronald Regan called the Soviet Union the evil empire, Bill Nowicki was in the Navy. He was a nuclear-trained electrician's mate aboard the Los Angeles class fast attack submarine, the USS Minneapolis / St. Paul (SSN 708) with 100 highly trained shipmates. These are the memories of those difficult (and sometimes hilarious) times told by the men who depended on one another for their lives.
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During the height of the cold war when Ronald Regan called the Soviet Union the evil empire, Bill Nowicki was in the Navy. He was a nuclear-trained electrician's mate aboard the Los Angeles class fast attack submarine, the USS Minneapolis / St. Paul (SSN 708) with 100 highly trained shipmates. These are the memories of those difficult (and sometimes hilarious) times told by the men who depended on one another for their lives.

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English


Episodes

EP48, From Submarine to the Internet of Things, Rob Tiffany, CTO of Hitatchi

5/29/2018
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Rob Tiffany grew up in West Texas and set off to become a Navy pilot after seeing Top Gun. Of course, that didn't work out, but he found the submarine service and had some great mentors. He ended serving on the USS John Marshal that was outfitted to serve as a seal delivery submarine. Rob talks about his seal friends and the rest of his career. Rob got into computer programming and ended up finding work in several high tech startups. Currently, he is serving as Chief Technology Officer...

Duration:00:48:18

EP47 David Cunningham

9/17/2017
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David grew up on the West Coast of Scotland and was surrounded by water. His Mom said he always talked about joining the Navy, but he doesn’t remember why. He joined as an Artificer Apprentice in 1983. This position was created back in the Victorian Era as the amount of technical work required on ships increased. David learned the book information and then he learned from a salty guy that he didn’t know it all. From then on, David’s real education began. David did some “sneaky”...

Duration:01:27:03

EP46 Field Vets CEO and farm boy, Dan Eddinger

9/13/2017
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Dan Eddinger grew up on a farm in eastern Ohio. He played in the woods a lot and really didn't have a plan after high school. He did fall in love with his high school sweetheart and decided to join the Navy (and he kinda forgot to tell his girlfriend). But all was forgiven (they got married and still are married today), and they began their nuclear Navy, submarine career together. Apparently Dan had what it took to become an officer and 20 years later, he retired. After several technical...

Duration:00:52:58

EP45, Duck down, there's a sub overhead!

8/30/2017
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Neil Midkiff got a tour of the USS Iowa when he lived in Rio de Janeiro as a child from the Naval Attache, Captain Andrews. At that point his mind was set, get in the Naval Academy and become a naval officer. While in the academy, he saw a picture that showed Captain Gilmore order his sub to submerge when they came under fire, even though he knew it meant his death. Neil was assigned to the USS Jack, SSN 650, and an incident in the Mediterranean when they were trailing a Russian...

Duration:00:40:10

EP44, West Virginia golfer and submariner, Matt Tate

2/26/2017
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Matt Tate grew up in the mountains of West Virginia and landed a job at the Greenbrier as a caddy by the age of 12 (he lied about his age). After doing that for a while and trying college, he joined the Navy. He barely passed the nuclear power aptitude test and eventually ended up with Bill Nowicki in the same Nuclear Power school class. Matt recalls some tough nights of studying and some fun when Bill decided to create a character called Reactor Dan. Matt went on to get married and...

Duration:01:33:40

EP43, 9/11 Recruit and A Ganger, Hector Rodriguez

12/29/2016
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Hector Rodriguez thinks everything happens for a reason. He grew up in East Oakland, California in a rough neighborhood. He loved sports so he played basketball and dreamed of playing professional sports. He was always bored in school and daydreamed his way to college. His parents payed for him to sit in the cafeteria and BS with his friends. At 22 things changed and he headed to the mall and found the Navy recruiter and was picking his jobs when the Twin Towers we’re hit on...

Duration:00:48:28

EP42: Vietnam War Hero and friend, Lee Ellis

11/11/2016
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*FOR MATURE AUDIENCES* Lee Ellis grew up on a farm in rural Georgia, but when he saw an airplane, everything changed. Even as a child, he longed to have control of the skies. After going to the University of Georgia, he trained to become a pilot and ended up going to Vietnam. He was captured by the Vietnamese after being shot down and spent many years in a Vietnamese prison camp. Lee tells the story of his time in captivity and what he learned about leadership and his new book, Engage...

Duration:00:41:41

EP41: Sailor, marine, enlisted, officer, skimmer and submariner

6/16/2016
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Stu Hubbard is the son of a Navy Mustang and became one himself. At the age of 17, he approached his Mom and Dad about enlisting which started his 20-year adventure in the Navy. Starting as a destroyer Sonarman he quickly learned that submarines were the place to be. He went from submarines to the Navy Medical Service Corps, finally serving the U.S. Marines. It wasn’t a straight path – but what a great ride.

Duration:02:12:26

EP40: Linguist, Lawyer and Bubblehead, Michael Goldstein

11/30/2015
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Michael Goldstein grew up in Cleveland Heights, OH and was fascinated by submarines. He won a science fair contest at the age of 14 and was invited to New London to a special tour (see below). I let him tell you the rest of his story. I dropped out of college after three years in 1966 and enlisted in the Navy, although the Army offered me a commission as a 2nd LT in the infantry. Note the year for my obvious choice. I went to Great Lakes the day after Thanksgiving, entering as an E-3, and...

Duration:02:07:23

EP39: Listen up Bubblehead! Shannon Cason, award winning storyteller, shares his wisdom

11/15/2015
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Listen up bubbleheads! Shannon Cason is an award winning storyteller and he tells his backstory and explains his motivation to share his life on stage. www.shannoncason.com Shannon Cason on Snap Judgment Homemade Stories on iTunes

Duration:01:38:52

EP38: 2nd grade detention to striker, Tim Sullivan

8/27/2015
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Tim Sullivan was an outlier. He went against his parent's wishes and joined the Navy on a whim. He became a striker, which means he started painting the boat. In fact he painted his name on the fairwater plane and really made a name for himself. Checkout Tim's book on Amazon! Hot Run by T. Steven Sullivan

Duration:00:30:55

EP37: Jersey boy submariner and Sub Vets National Commander, Tom Conlon

1/11/2015
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Tom Conlon was born and raised in the garden state of New Jersey. As a boy, submarine TV shows excited him so he joined the sub service when he was old enough. While never good in school, Tom found he loved learning from his shipmates. He served as a torpedoman aboard the USS James K. Polk and the Francis Scott Key and was discharged in 1973 after 7 years of service. After the Navy, he continued to learn and take as many classes as his employer, the US Postal Service would allow. He also...

Duration:01:39:51

EP36: Sonar dog fighter and listening to the ice

12/18/2014
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Andrew Fletcher went three years in college and freaked out when he had $5,000 in debt. He ended up joining the Navy and trained as a Sonarman, one of the most important jobs on the boat (read Hunt for Red October if you don't believe me). Andrew discusses why surface ships ARE targets for submarines and some cool stuff you may not know about the noisy ocean. I know you will enjoy this episode!

Duration:02:00:43

EP35: Women in a snake ranch and smoke boat sister, Nancy Yockey Bonar

12/4/2014
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Nancy Yockey Bonar became fascinated with submarines thanks to her brother, Captain Harry Yockey. You'll love Nancy's explanation of submarine living is like when compared to a 3 bedroom house with 135 house guests! Tee Shirt to help the show and look cool doing it.

Duration:01:57:40

EP35: Message from Bill and some great old episodes

11/20/2014
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Bill provides some information on upcoming episodes and new initiative to help vets! Transitioning Vets Checkout some funny previous episodes: Clayton Wetzel, Surviving on Popcorn Jody Durham, Billion Dollar Boat Driver Rory Buchanan, Grapefruit Fighter Mike Reed, Pulling a String Bob Burchfield, Hawaiian Special Enjoy!

Duration:00:16:50

EP34: Boston native, submariner, tank guy and detective

11/13/2014
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Ken Westhaver grew up in the tough streets of South Boston. He wanted to be on a submarine so bad he could feel it. Thrown aboard the Minneapolis / St. Paul was the beginning of a career that took him to the Constitution (Old Ironsides), a tank and finally to the Boston Police where he currently serves as a detective. Enjoy this fun filled interview. ';

Duration:02:04:02

EP33: Submariner, A-Gang Chief, and Former Knucklehead Cage Fighter

11/6/2014
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Darryl Jackson grew up on the tough streets of Newark, New Jersey. He was a standout athlete in school, but ended up in trouble with the Navy being a great choice to avoid possible jail time. He had a few rough years, but with good mentors, he turned it all around. A sailor of the year and quick learner and made chief and now mentors troubled sailors and his future looks brighter than ever. He wife Lisa makes sure of that.

Duration:02:04:35

EP32: Active duty chief, submariner and submarine rescuer

10/30/2014
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Raul Robles is a chief on a mission. He has 15 years serving aboard fast attack submarines and deep submergence rescue vehicles. Raul balances his work and home life with his wife, Amy Robles and their 3 year old daughter. Amy has a popular blog womanenriched.com and a podcast, The Family Knot, targeted toward military spouses.

Duration:01:56:53

EP31: Adapt, improvise and overcome: an ET story

10/23/2014
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Mike Fieser is a winner. Besides being and Nuc ET and now a photographer, he won a radio contest to guess his profession. He came up with the ET version of another day at the office. Mike reads the winning entry and tells you what it all means...

Duration:01:54:18

EP30: RADM Chuck Beers, Captain my Captain, where did the butter go?

10/16/2014
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Radm Chuck Beers (retired) was a submariner as his dad before him. He eventually became the commanding officer of the USS Minneapolis / St. Paul, SSN 708. He discusses Starve X 1985, the Butter Liberation Front and the new Virginia Class Subs. Dolphin Scholarships (must have served 8 years on submarine service and qualified)

Duration:01:43:02