Bob Horowitz was busy working in the shop when I stopped by to talk with him. I had learned he was from Madagascar. He was just finishing working to get the new clutch slave cylinder installed in the 1967 International truck body of our newer drilling rig.
He said that he learned about the project from Bob Perry. They had met when Bob Perry had come to Madagascar when he had been working on a Peace Corps water project there. They had remained in contact, and Bob invited him to come to Guatemala with him to help us. He has a step daughter in Madagascar that keeps him going over there, but most of the time he lives in the Houston, Texas area. He said he was enjoying the work with us and while he was not a real mechanic, he was doing what he could to be helpful. His hard work on the old truck got it out the door for the first time this year.
Dominic Parmentier was at the Conchecan drilling site. He was operating the rig this year with Bob Perry standing by. (usually reading in the truck) The old rig was patiently driving a hole toward the center of the earth. The bit was about 170 ft down when I visited with him, but the drilling was going well, about 30 to 35 feet per day. This is his third trip with us. He is with the Seattle office of Condon Johnson Associates. They are in the heavy civil engineering, underground shoring and drilling business. I asked him how he came to be involved with our project. He said the he read about it in World Wide Drilling Resources magazine and was looking for some adventure with a humanitarian purpose. He had found it with our project. He really enjoys the contact with the villagers. He was instrumental in obtaining the diesel engine which will go in the rig that Bob Horowitz was working on.
Bob Perry has been in the cable drilling business since 1957 near his home in Spanish Fork, Utah. He is on his fourth trip with us. He has worked on drilling projects all around the world; Argentina, Chile, Tanzania, and in South Africa. He met Bob Horowitz when he was drilling in Madagascar. He calls working with us, “some of the best times in my life.” He went on to say that we needed other drillers and he hopes others will volunteer. He noted that the accommodations were good, the people were good to work with and that others should not be worried about volunteering. He also said that somehow on this project, things seemed to always work out. He has extended his time with us to help.