Palmer Station Winter 1994

For reasons that will be somewhat explained below, in the stairwell there are currently two photos for 1994...

This one is generally considered to be the official winterover photo (but read on):

indoor w/o photo

The above photo was taken in the lounge between 6 July and 23 August. There were 28 people on station, and everyone was in this photo except for the photographer Neelon Crawford who took the photo...using an old large-format camera with a cape which he stood under, as there was no automatic shutter. Neelon was at Palmer with the NSF Artists and Writers program, in which he was a participant for 5 seasons between 1989 and 1994. Gerry was Neelon's assistant (and he later married Treva Coe). This photo was taken just before a big dinner, perhaps just before the return of the Polar Duke on 23 August (?). Who is in this one?
 
Back:
Gary Stone, cook
Tom Galles, MAPCON
Sheldon Blackman, comms
Mark (cmdr) Melcon, carpenter
Randy Sliester, UT
Corey Peterson, lab supervisor
Leslie Blank, carpenter
Bob Farrell, GA
Kirk Kiyota, site manager
Bob Foley, electrician
Dave Vella, facilities engineer
John Lewis, mechanic
Middle:
Jim Binford, computers
Dean Kirkham, physician
John Carlson, GA
Matt Redlon, GA
Jacqie Mahoney, MAPCON
Larry Mjolsness, facilities engineer
Dave Morehouse, materials
Front:
Gerry Gabrish, artists/writers program
Treva Coe, science
Esther Boone, cook
Laura Gittings, admin
Richie Skane, construction coordinator
Sarah Pizer, materials
Kevin Bliss, scitech
Victoria Hogue, science
So...is this the official winterover picture? It is a neat photo and I'm not arguing that it be removed from the wall, but despite the comments below from Dave Vella...it doesn't really depict the winterovers.

Here's what is on the wall of the GWR stairwell:

2 two 1994 photos

Here is a larger view of the lower photo:

wo's in front of the fuel tank
  This photo was taken between 28 April and 14 June, when there were 22 people on station, all of whom
are in the photo. They are...
 
Standing:

Esther Boone, cook
Sheldon Blackman, comms
James Sheppard, tech writer
Johan Booth, scitech
Richie Skane, construction coordinator
Gary Stone, cook (behind Richie)
Larry Mjolsness, facilities engineer
Tom Galles, MAPCON
Dave Morehouse, materials
Carol Wyatt, science
John Lewis, mechanic
Jacqie Mahoney, MAPCON
Corey Peterson, lab supervisor
Sitting/Kneeling/Crouching:

Kristin Balalis, science
Jim Binford, computers
Victoria Hogue, science
Sarah Pizer, materials
Laura Gittings, admin
Kirk Kiyota, site manager
Dean Kirkham, physician
Randy Sliester, UT
Matt Redlon, GA
And as is usually the case of late, different folks were actually around for the photos than whom NSF considered "the winterovers." The NSF definition has shifted a bit over the years (and of course at present NSF no longer publishes the lists), but at the time one criterion they used (which has been called the "modified Kiyota criterion" after this year's manager Kirk Kiyota) seems to have been folks who were on station 5+ months including Midwinters day. The NSF list:
  ASA
Jim Binford               Network administrator
Sheldon R. Blackman       Communications technician
Leslie A. Blank           Carpenter
Kevin H. Bliss            Science technician
Esther R. Boone           Assistant cook
John [Johan] F. Booth     Science technician
Laura M. Gittings         Administrative coordinator
Richard D. Kirkham        Physician
Kirk A. Kiyota            Assistant operations manager; Station manager
John C. Lewis             Power plant mechanic
Mark B. [CMDR] Melcon     Carpenter
Lawrence H. Mjolsness     Facilities supervisor
David B. Morehouse        Senior materialsperson
Corey J. Peterson         Assistant supervisor of laboratory operations
Sarah K. Pizer            Materialsperson
Matthew D. Redlon         General assistant
Richard J. Skane          Construction coordinator
Randolph D. Sliester      Utility mechanic
John G. Stone             General Assistant
University of California, Santa Barbara
Victoria Hogue            S-014, "Energetics of adult and larval Euphausia
                            superba"

Source: Antarctic Journal, June 1994

[Note that Treva Coe, Kristin Balalis, and Carol Wyatt were with the S-014 project along with Victoria Hogue.]

And now...the rest of the story, thanks to Dave Vella:

What was to be the winterover photo was the one taken by Neelon Crawford in the lounge. He made a print of the photo for everyone, but neglected to make one to put up on the wall. He did promise to print an extra one before he left, but when he didn't, he promised to print one when he got home. Everyone left assuming it would be sent down to the station, but it wasn't, and Dave never heard from him again.

When Dave returned to Palmer the following year, the photo wasn't there...but the one in front of the fuel tank was being considered. When Dave got back home he made a copy of his lounge photo and sent it to the station assuming it would be hung in the stairwell as the winterover picture. He did not return to Palmer, so he was surprised to see on this website that both photos were on the wall.

But they are.

But...you will notice that there are three lists of folks above. Who actually "wintered"? Many many thanks to Johan Booth, Dave Vella, and Glenn Grant for helping decipher this puzzle As of late March 2014 we had the photos figured out, and as of August 2015 I think we have the "winterover list" defined, as (unlike most other winters) we have detailed arrival/departure statistics. So I'm going with the NSF list above as the winterovers. All of these people were on station for at least 5-1/2 months.

Thanks to Glenn Grant for providing these photos!