Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch)

MisCon 29 Attending Professional

An Army brat, Clay Cooper earned his Eagle Scout at 16 and graduated high school in Frankfurt, Germany.

He did a 4 year stint in the US Air Force as a mechanic on F-117 Stealth Bombers, then joined the US Army. He retired as an Infantry Platoon Sergeant First Class. He served on various combat deployments and peacekeeping missions on 4 continents.

He studied energy technology at the University of Montana. His interests include urban gardening, re-purposing things, and firearms. He gives panels at conventions as a modern armed combat advisor, specializing in helping writers and GMs make their stories more realistic.

An Army brat, Clay Cooper earned his Eagle Scout at 16 and graduated high school in Frankfurt, Germany.

He did a 4 year stint in the US Air Force as a mechanic on F-117 Stealth Bombers, then joined the US Army. He retired as an Infantry Platoon Sergeant First Class. He served on various combat deployments and peacekeeping missions on 4 continents.

He studied energy technology at the University of Montana. His interests include urban gardening, re-purposing things, and firearms.

He gives panels at conventions as a modern armed combat advisor, specializing in helping writers and GMs make their stories more realistic.

He lives by the motto: "Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum," or "If you wish for peace, prepare for war."

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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(Tentative)

  • panel Fri 6:00 - 6:50 PM, Field Sanitation, Snares, and Survival, Thunderdome Left (Big Room Left)
    Panelists: Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch), Rebekah Leib

    Learn about field sanitation, snares, low-tech green energy options, and how to cook without a fire. Learn what equipment, skill sets, and supplies you need to survive in the Wasteland.

  • Break Fri 6:50 - Sat 1:00
  • panel Sat 1:00 - 2:50 PM, Melting Pennies and Molding Bullets, Creekside Green (3)
    Panelists: Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch)

    Check out a solar forge in action. That’s right. We’re going to melt pennies and mold bullets using nothing but the power of the sun.

  • Break Sat 2:50 - Sat 5:00
  • panel Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Improvised Weapons and Armor, Fight Demo Tent (5)
    Panelists: Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch)

    Laminated phone books. Chain mail from #10 washers. A 2x4 with a nail driven through it. You get the idea. Check out the improvised weapons and armor Clay has made and tested (at the shooting range and in his garage) and see what your options may be if you end up scrounging for a living in the Wasteland. There will be chopping and smashing, so be prepared for some noisy fun.

  • Break Sat 5:50 - Sun 1:00
  • panel Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, New Energy Sources, Great Hall (Upstairs)
    Panelists: Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch), Josh Eamon, Hugh S. Gregory

    Without basic infrastructure how do we power the emerging society? Would petroleum reserves remain our primary fuel source? Would humans finally have to invest in energy alternatives? Would we be relegated to candles, coal, and daylight?

  • panel Sun 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Melting Pennies and Molding Bullets, BBQ Tent (1)
    Panelists: Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch)

    Check out a solar forge in action. That’s right. We’re going to melt pennies and mold bullets using nothing but the power of the sun.

  • Break Sun 2:50 - Mon Noon
  • panel Mon Noon - 12:50 PM, Military Convoys and Ambushes, Thunderdome Left (Big Room Left)
    Panelists: Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch), Kyle Elliott (Big Kyle)

    Learn everything you ever wanted to know about military convoys and ambushes from our military experts.

  • panel Mon 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Veterans' Round Table, Upstairs Programming 1 (259)
    Panelists: Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch)

    Are you a military veteran? If so, come hang out with other vets and talk about whatever you want. You're among family. This panel is only open to military veterans.


Note: Guest and pro biographical information may have been updated since MisCon 29.


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