CooperCon 2021 to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the DB Cooper Skyjacking in Grand Style

By Bruce A. Smith

The 50th Anniversary of DB Cooper’s historic skyjacking will be celebrated November 19-21 – the weekend before Thanksgiving – in Vancouver, WA, promoter and preeminent researcher Eric Ulis announced last week. The event will be held at the Kiggins Theater, which was the site of the 2019 CooperCon, the last one held before the Covid pandemic.

CooperCon 2021 will consist of an initial social on Friday night, Nov. 19, while Saturday and Sunday will feature presentations and panel discussions from research experts, members of the crew, and retired FBI agents who worked the case. The DB Cooper hijacking occurred November 24, 1971 and commenced in Portland (Oregon) International Airport. It has never been solved, and the FBI officially closed the case in August 2016. Nevertheless, private researchers and citizens sleuths have continued the Hunt for DB Cooper.

Highlights of the conference will include an appearance by 2nd Officer Bill Rataczak, the individual actually flying the plane when DB Cooper jumped off the aft stairway, never to be seen again. Joining Mr. Rataczak will be Catherine Scott, the daughter of Captain William “Scotty” Scott, the Pilot-in-Charge of Cooper’s getaway craft, Flight 305, now-deceased. Ms. Scott will join Mr. Rataczak in helping determine the flight path and location Flight 305.

In addition, retired FBI agent Mary Jean Fryrar will discuss her investigation of Sheridan Peterson, one of the top suspects in this case.

One of the foremost researchers of Norjak, as the DB Cooper case is officially known, Tom Kaye, will have a treasure trove of information to share. Kaye has been the chief of the Citizen Sleuths, the FBI auxiliary for Norjak, since 2009, and has brought to light the titanium and rare earth minerals found on the tie Cooper left behind, along with discovering springtime diatoms on some of the ransom money recovered from Tina Bar in 1980.

The fellow who actually found the money, Brian Ingram, will be in attendance to give us a personal perspective on this critical piece of evidence, especially the state of the rubber bands upon initial discovery.

The Cooperite who shared his “Cooper Twenty” with Kaye, Mark Metzler, will be presenting his latest information on the issue of the parachutes and the survivability of the jump, which occurred at night, in a chilly November rainstorm.

Further, Marty Andrade, author of Finding DB Cooper – Chasing the Last Lead in America’s Only Unsolved Skyjacking, will be discussing his original findings of the survivability in parachute jumps by inexperienced pilots, such as the bomber crews of World War II.

Also, publisher Vern Jones will be delivering his analysis of the Cooper confession from Walter Reca. Several years ago, Jones published DB Cooper and Me, an account of Reca’s exploits by author Carl Laurin, who died earlier this year. Hopefully we will have an update from Jones on the lingering questions surrounding Reca’s appearance in the woods of Cle Elum, WA on the night of the skyjacking. If Reca was not DB Cooper, then what was he doing walking in the rain of this sleepy logging town, dressed in a dark business suit and toting a large black bundle?

Another individual bearing witness to Cooper Lore will be Marla Wynn Cooper, the niece of Lynn Doyle Cooper, who was a major suspect in Norjak for many years. Allegedly, the FBI closed the case in 2016 after they concluded the fingerprints they had collected from Uncle LD did not match those recovered from Flight 305.

Concerning the fingerprint issue, Bruce A. Smith, author of DB Cooper and the FBI, will be delivering an overview of the entire issue – how many prints were collected, what types, from where on the plane – and just as important – who collected them? The inconsistencies and mysteries surrounding this seemingly simple issue are many, and recent FBI disclosures and documents are confounding.

Other FBI agents and crew members are being invited to attend, such as Larry Carr and Tina Mucklow. Also, the Air Traffic Controller handling Flight 305 when Cooper jumped, Cliff Ammerman, is invited and expected to attend the conference.

CooperCon21 is being organized by Eric Ulis, who appeared in the 2020 History Channel documentary on Cooper, titled: “The Final Hunt for DB Cooper.” In addition, the Master of Ceremonies for CooperCon21 will be Darren Schaefer, the noted host of “The Cooper Vortex,” the premier podcast of all things Norjak.

As many of the principals involved in Norjak have passed away due to age, this event promises to be an historic, one-of-a-kind gathering and will be filmed in its entirety by documentarian Brett Eichenberger.

“CooperCon21 will be Big, Fun, and Informative,” promises Eric Ulis. For those wishing to join this momentous event in person, tickets can be obtained at CooperCon2021.com. The cost is $20 per person.

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30 Responses to CooperCon 2021 to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the DB Cooper Skyjacking in Grand Style

  1. Eric Ulis says:

    Thanks for the write-up Bruce.

  2. brucesmith49 says:

    And a hat tip to you, too, Eric, for putting the whole thing together.

  3. Mark says:

    Is it possible to purchase a weekend pass ahead of time? I’m going to be traveling from Indiana…

    I may have my book ready to go by then…

    Looking forward to attending.

    • Eric Ulis says:

      Tickets will be available for sale soon…hopefully this week. They’ll be available through the Kiggins Theatre website.

      • Gypsy23 says:

        Maybe Adventure Books will write and publish the biography about Eric Ulis’ success as the man who cracked the Cooper case and got elected to Congress because if it? That would be the closest Robert Blevins would get to true fame.

      • Johnnie Greene says:

        If Skipp Porteous was alive today, Eric Ulis would invite him to speak at the CC21. Skipp’s alleged co-author…….NO.
        He would not be welcomed for very obvious reasons, the least of which no one would attend CC21.

  4. Johnnie Greene says:

    Excellent, Uncle Brucie. While you folks are having the time of your lives at CC21, the search parties will continue scouring the woods for “lost” campers Blevins and his boyfriend, Greg. HUGE LOL…..

  5. Vicki Wilson says:

    This would be a fun Cooper reunion. It would be fun to see everyone.

    If the US/Canadian border is open, my brother who was born in late December 1972 in Vancouver, BC, (recently found by the way of an Ancestry DNA test) could travel down as well.

  6. Marla says:

    We are so happy that someone as upbeat and positive as Eric Ulis is putting on the CC21 this fall. It should be a blast. I’ll bet 1000 tickets will be sold and the conference will operate all weekend in double shifts. Bruce Smith, Darren, Shutter, 377, Parrot, Kermit, maybe Georger 🤞and the entire gang of Cooper good guys will be there with smiling faces and numerous surprise guests to make appearances. Unfortunately, Eric had to contend with that disgusting old grinch, Bobby Blevins, who threatens to sabotage CC21, like he did in 2019. Negativity and ugliness follows Blevins around like the plague. Little wonder that Skipp Porteous absolutely refused to meet Blevins in person. Skipp knew to avoid Blevins right up until the day Skipp passed away. Blevins is an old washed-up troublemaker with zero friends. He lies about his campouts. NO ONE has ever attended a Blevins Cooper campout. He had to photoshop pictures of campers because there are none. He’s a pathetic, lonely old man who’s purpose in life is to ruin others progress. Meanwhile, we wish Eric and Bruce and Shutter all the success as they pull off this huge event in November. 👍👍👍

    • Gypsy23 says:

      Great comment, Marla. So looking forward to the CC21, knowing that Blevins won’t be there. But, does anybody really care? Bruce’s MN and Shutter’s Cooper Forum are light years ahead of the DZ, ever since Blevins has been banned for life by Bruce and Shutter.

      • Johnnie Greene says:

        Yes, great comment by Marla. Eric, Bruce and Dave (Shutter) are the Cooper progressives. Blevins has been shut out for good. Blevin’s farcicle campouts get Greg the wacko-techie into the woods with Blevins for some pork and beans around the campfire. Into the blast makes great fire starter.🤣🤣🤣🤣

      • Gypsy23 says:

        Bruce’s comment section in the Mountain News gets 20 times the viewership of the DropZone. That was just confirmed. In other words, the very few people who actually read anything by Blevins (because he’s banned everywhere else) all go to the Mountain News for their real source of DBCooper information. I’m sure a few go to the MN for a good laugh too! 😂😂
        You have to admit, Blevins is the source of non-stop eye-rolling and gagging laughter. Not with him………at him.

      • Johnnie Greene says:

        Outstanding topical line-up, Eric. Well organized and well thought-out. Will there be a discussion on the history of “disrupters” in the Cooper case? Also, who’s been hired to do the janitorial work and general clean-up of the Kiggins if over 1000 people show up……….which I believe they will?

      • Gypsy23 says:

        Question?
        .
        Does a dress rehearsal involve someone wearing a dress? At first we thought ……it must be Greg Techie. But….since Greg is in charge……maybe it’s the other guy.
        .
        BTW,
        Three more Cooper parties are being planned in the Pacific Northwest this fall. All three in the Portland area. Huge events. More to follow…..

  7. Gypsy23 says:

    Question?
    .
    Does a dress rehearsal involve someone wearing a dress? At first we thought ……it must be Greg Techie. But….since Greg is in charge……maybe it’s the other guy.
    .
    BTW,
    Three more Cooper parties are being planned in the Pacific Northwest this fall. All three in the Portland area. Huge events. More to follow…..

    • Gypsy23 says:

      We hear that Into the Blast book, written by author Skipp Porteous, is selling millions of copies. So much that Adventure Books is now getting ready to acquisition Crown Books. Of course, all of this comes from the mouth of RM Blevins………so……..well you know. I purchased a copy of Blast for 79¢ in Auburn, WA.
      The book store owner took it back and fully refunded me. He called it “Into the Trash.”
      Bruce Smith’s monumental work is the gold standard of DB Cooper books.

      • Marla says:

        Yes, Bruce’s book IS the best. Book by Skipp Porteous, not so much. At least now we know the reason Porteous changed his address so many times since 2008.

      • Johnnie Greene says:

        We asked Geoff Gray if he would attend the CC21 and he said he was going to consider it. Then we asked him if he ever thought about attending a Cooper Campout. He said, “a definite NO. Silliest thing he’s ever heard.”
        Gray doesn’t like Blevins. And he told us that Skipp Porteous didn’t like Blevins either. That would explain why Skipp refused to ever meet with Blevins. What a weird thing, for a supposed co-author not wanting to meet the other co-author.

      • Gypsy23 says:

        Blevins didn’t even attend Skipp Porteous’ funeral or memorial service.
        How’s that for friendship and co-author ship?

      • Marla says:

        What? Parrothead Vol used to scrub toilets too? LOL….. Well, his admission (see DZ comment) is somewhat comical and performed as a younger man. PHV does a service to the investigation and he asks intelligent questions ……and is a friend to MN and Bruce Smith. The other guy?, a record of jealousy and disruption, and LIES. But everyone already knows this.

      • Johnnie Greene says:

        Stick to doing what you were born to do, RMB (we all know what that is). Your opinions, which you broadcast as having some superior knowledge about NORJAK, is utterly laughable. For a guy who has allegedly written a half a book on Cooper, but has never stepped foot at Tena’s Bar, your name-dropping is as low-rank as a yardbird. Leave the heavy lifting to guys like Eric, Bruce, and Dave.
        Go waste your time in the woods somewhere, but please leave us alone. Your endless chucking and clucking has gotten the thumbs-down from screen writers and doc producers. Go find a different woodpecker hole.

      • Marla says:

        Envious Blevins at it again. Don’t worry. Eric Ulis, along with Bruce Smith and the superstar guests of CC21, will pack the Kiggins to beyond capacity. A film documentary is going to be made of it too. Blevins is a one-trick pony. He has over-recited the Ken Christian fable, hoping that if you tell the same lie over and over for 10 years, it will eventually be believed. Not true, in this case, because everyone already knows Robert Blevins is just a simpleton liar.
        .
        BTW, funny comment by Johnny Green. I guess Mr. Blevins has found other uses for woodpecker holes besides DB Cooper’s money stash. LOL.

      • Gypsy23 says:

        Woodpeckers are amusing birds. The holes that they dig out are custom fit for human idiots. After completion, the peckers fly to the next tree and watch “the idiot” think he’s pulling money from it, or, they watch “the idiot” human try and put “something” into the hole that makes him look like the lonliest man in the universe.
        The DB Cooper case has one of these well known human idiots. And he’s also well known….to the woodpeckers who live in the PNW woods.

      • Johnnie Green says:

        LOL….the making of a great side distraction documentary of how DB Cooper finally sent a known complainer over the edge…..
        “One Flew Over the Woodpecker Hole.”
        starring…..you know who!……LOL….

  8. coolmoondrops says:

    Lol I like the logo

    On Sun, Mar 14, 2021, 11:53 PM The Mountain News – WA wrote:

    > brucesmith49 posted: ” By Bruce A. Smith The 50th Anniversary of DB > Cooper’s historic skyjacking will be celebrated November 19-21 – the > weekend before Thanksgiving – in Vancouver, WA, promoter and preeminent > researcher Eric Ulis announced last week. The event will be held ” >

  9. Johnnie Green says:

    LOL….the making of a great side distraction documentary of how DB Cooper finally sent a known complainer over the edge…..
    “One Flew Over the Woodpecker Hole.”
    starring…..you know who!……LOL….

    • Gypsy23 says:

      We just received an inquiry from a Hollywood producer. He wants to know if they can use that phrase for a title for their new Cooper movie. Some people will go to any length to get recognized. But the recognition is NOT good. Poor guy is getting not what he asked for. Start repacking that camping gear. The woods are calling.

      • Marla says:

        What does a woodpecker do when he drills the hole clear to the other side?
        .
        answer: go the DZ and see for yourself. The old woodpecker just keeps drilling. A truly dumb bird with traumatic brain injury.

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