From some of the comments on your page, sure am glad I was there before the Navy pulled the slots (1965 – 66). They provided the revenue that paid for a lot of 10¢ drinks and great acts plus monthly non-family entertainment!
Here's a picture of a brass ashtray from the day! I lived in the Signal Compound right behind TDC – the good old days waking up at 0200 covered by termites twice a year when they swarmed!
Len4799th Signal Communications Agency, Taiwan
Thanks, Len. I've seen photos of these ashtrays on eBay before and have always wondered if they were given to departing club members or if they were just "liberated" from time to time. Of course back in those days ashtrays were everywhere. When I was a kid, some would make them in school as a gift for their dads. That's hard to believe today.
If my memory is accurate, it seems to me that when I was at TDC during 1973-74, the Club 63 had a MAAG logo on the outside, but I'm not sure who ran it (Army? Air Force?). All I know is that the Navy took over its operation during my stay, removed the MAAG logo and changed the name to the China Seas Club. Among other changes, they installed slot machines. I think both the Army and Air Force banned slots from their clubs sometime in the late 1960s because a club manager or two started raking off profits for personal gain. The Navy already had slot machines in the Headquarters Support Activity (HSA) west compound when I arrived at TDC.
I remember plenty of cockroaches and small lizards (geckos?) but this is the first I've heard about swarming termites.