Flying Skills

Flying Skills

Flying Skills I don’t recall at exactly what age I began flying all by myself; but I recall being very young. It may have had some influence on my choice of career; I’m not sure, flying did after all become my occupation of choice. I am referring to a series of dreams of course, but …

Church Taxi Service

Church Taxi Service

Church Taxi Services One of my mother’s greatest frustrations had to have been my wanton need to attend the Catholic Church with my Dad. It was obvious to me it made her unhappy. What could I do to change that? I gave it absolutely no thought what so ever. Instead, it may have placed me …

Wake Up Now

Wake Up Now

Wake Up Now It happens. You never forget it but it happens. It happens more than you can imagine and it isn’t a forgettable experience. After more than sixty years the memory is still fresh in my mind. Terry Lipski, briefly a boyhood friend, disappeared one day. Terry arrived in our neighborhood – I’m guessing …

Early Inspirations

Early Inspirations

Early Inspirations: A Series of three 1948 “Defiants Enroute to Dunkirk” Appreciating a work of art with an aviation theme, by way of an inspiration for both art and aviation itself, can’t go without comment. I can recall coming across this image when I was very young. The emotions provoked by the work of this …

Fleming International

Fleming International

Fleming International on a “shoestring” cargo flight operations “Inadequate Maintenance and Inspection” read the summary of the NTSB aircraft accident report. A Lockheed Electra(L-188) crashed shortly after takeoff from Lambert Field in St. Louis, Missouri on July 6th, 1977. The aircraft was operated by Fleming International Airways, it was on a return leg to Detroit’s …

Homework… not for me!

Homework… not for me!

Homework… not for me! infinite fantasies from childhood It started early, my Daydreaming. The artwork of NC Wyeth and Maxfield Parrish, both early 20th Century illustrators of the Classics by Robert Louis Stevenson and “Poems of Childhood” by Eugene Field put me in another world, a world that even at my ripe old age today; …

The Andersen Family

The Andersen Family

The Andersen Family taking Telegraph Road east Elizabeth “Bette” Andersen (my birth Mother) was born on April 1st, 1921 in Independence, Missouri. Bette’s father Harvey Andersen was the son of Danish immigrants that arrived in this country in the late 1880’s. They settled in the region east of Kansas City (Jackson County), Missouri. Her mother, …

Jumbo the family Elephant

Jumbo the family Elephant

Jumbo the family Elephant: Just how Jumbo the Elephant enters the familial equation can’t go without mentioning. The merger of the Kuhn and Whittaker families is the all-important event. Mary Whittaker’s marriage to William C. Kuhn in 1914 is where mine and sister Alyce’s story begins. But first back to the elephant: In the mid …