The Skylander Newsletter Collection consists of the Skylander Newsletters created by Editor Don Bell for the members of the Ellington Field Air Force Base’s 3605th Armament and Electronics Maintenance Squadron and a biographical note. The collection is a complete run from 1999 to 2016. The newsletter contains updates on the squadron members and their lives, historical articles about events that occurred during the members’ time at Ellington, general memories, pictures, reunion information, and obituaries.
Conditions Governing Access
This material is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to publish material from the Skylander Newsletters Collection must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.
Biographical / Historical
Donald A. Bell, who goes by Don, grew up in Delaware County, Ohio where he graduated high school in 1949. He joined the United States Air Force in January 1950 where he was transferred to Ellington Air Force Base in the spring. Don received promotions up to Staff Sergeant by January 1952. After receiving an honorable discharge in January 1954, he enrolled in Otterbein College where he received his BA with teaching credentials. He later went on to earn a master’s degree in Broadcast Education from The Ohio State University. After receiving his bachelor’s degree, Don began teaching English at the Whitehall Yearling High School in 1958 while also taking care of the audio visual department. In 1974, he formed a TV Production Course that he taught after school for 17 years. Several of Don’s students went on to prominent positions such as: chief vice president of Radio One; member of the PBS Board of Directors; and owner of an internationally known PR company. After retiring from the school system in 1991, Don became the Museum Curator for the Historical Aircraft Squadron Museum in 2000.
The Skylander Newsletter Collection consists of the Skylander Newsletters created by Editor Don Bell for the members of the Ellington Field Air Force Base’s 3605th Armament and Electronics Maintenance Squadron. The collection is a complete run from 1999 to 2016.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donald A. Bell donated the newsletters in April of 2022.
Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University 6100 Main St.
Skylander newsletters of 3605th A&E Ellington Air Force Base, 1999--2016, MS 1019, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University http://archives.library.rice.edu/repositories/2/resources/1533 Accessed October 04, 2022.