Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch)

MisCon 30 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 3:00 - 3:50 PM, How to Lose a Tail, Jefferson
    Panelists: Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch)

    Are you being tailed? Maybe you're unsure. Either way, come on in and learn how to identify and drop your tail (as well as other tradecraft techniques for dealing with people following you).

  • panel Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Shotguns & Handguns for Storytellers, Jefferson
    Panelists: Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch)

    Clay Cooper will teach you about shotguns and semi-auto handguns. He'll disassemble his KSG shotgun as well as a .40 caliber handgun, showing you how they operate so you can make your stories more realistic.

  • Break Fri 4:50 - Sat 2:00
  • panel Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM, The AR-15 Rifle for Storytellers, Jefferson
    Panelists: Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch)

    Clay Cooper will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about the AR 15 rifle. He'll disassemble one, showing you how they operate to give your stories en extra dash of realism.

  • Break Sat 2:50 - Sat 5:00
  • panel Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Crystal Radios in Action, Madison
    Panelists: Pete Berg, Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch)

    Crystal radios, the earliest radio receivers, are a throwback to a bygone era. We'll demonstrate how they work and the principles behind them so you can make your own.

  • Break Sat 5:50 - Sun 11:00
  • panel Sun 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Veterans' Roundtable, Montana Boardroom
    Panelists: Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch)

    A gathering of military veterans. Come discuss whatever you want without judgement. Veterans (including foreign military vets) only, please. No children or spouses. No exceptions.

  • Break Sun 11:50 - Sun 3:00
  • panel Sun 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Let's Fight!, Ballroom B
    Panelists: Jim Butcher, Robert Chenoweth (Bob), Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch), Dragon Dronet, Wayne Heinz

    Action sequences are an important element in story craft. Not only can they liven things up but they can also represent critical plot elements. Join both authors and trained fighters as they discuss the mechanics of fight scenes, both written and real.

  • Break Sun 3:50 - Mon 10:00
  • panel Mon 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Sand Tables and Your Story, Pavilion (1)
    Panelists: Clay Cooper (Ol Scratch)

    When the US Army is going to carry out an operation, they use a sand table to position all the pieces on the board. Come learn how sand tables work and how you can make them work for you.


Note: Guest and pro biographical information may have been updated since MisCon 30.


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