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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, [...]

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The Cuckoo Bird

The Cuckoo Bird The Cuckoo is a very silly bird and I find the specie particularly interesting, especially its behavior with its offspring. Cuckoos don’t bother building their own nests - they merely lay their eggs in the other birds’ nests. It [...]

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The Flying Circus

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The Flying Circus

The Flying Circus Egos run rampant in most airline cockpits, no matter what airline. It came with the territory. While attending a recurrent training period, which all Captains are required to accomplish each six months, a psychologist addressed a [...]

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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 [...]

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Artist Aviator

Artist Aviator “Once upon a time,” there was this little boy who had no idea what life had in store for him. Actually, there are a lot of little boys and girls arriving in the world with the same affliction. Most of us are afloat in the same [...]

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An Exotic Airline

An Exotic Airline ONA 932 My wife Christine reflected recently about how much fun it was to fly for Overseas National Airways. After working for other major airlines, both before and after ONA, and how exotic it was to travel all over the world; [...]

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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 [...]

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My Great Escape

My Great Escape leaving the” Wind, Sand and Stars” behind I was sitting in the airliner cockpit when the armed security policeman stuck his head inside the door. He looked us all over carefully, nodded and then backed his way out of the [...]

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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” [...]

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The Bad Boys of Winter

The Bad Boys of Winter where are all the fun kids now? So many kids, so much fun and where have they all gone and where are they now? I find it amazing to have such a vivid recall of their faces and those events of so many years ago. I am thankful [...]

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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 [...]

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A Heavenly Story

A Heavenly Story The Here and There I died yesterday. Though it could have been the day before… I seem to have lost track of time. I’m not sure whether I am here or there? Passing thru maybe? I needed to make a choice and wasn’t sure where [...]

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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 [...]

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Finding Bette and Brothers

Finding Bette and Brothers A bit more difficult… My newly discovered Aunt Nona (Kuhn) lived on Kingston a few houses up the street from her brother-in-law Lloyd Kuhn and his family. Lloyd was another of Harold Kuhn “the Dad’s” older [...]

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Brothers and Sisters

Brothers and Sisters a two part series: Let’s start with Sisters, it is the gentleman’s way and in 1986 they were the first discovery in my quest for finding my birth parents nearly thirty years ago. What is interesting here is, on my [...]

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