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 Read More …

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 boat;  we are “not of the Manor Read More …

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; to the extent that she would have paid to work for Read More …

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 Read More …

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 cramped quarters. It was only then that I could exhale, he hadn’t Read More …

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; Read More …

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 that I Read More …

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, Read More …

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 I was supposed to be. No one Read More …

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 Read More …

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 brothers. That was near Outer Drive and Carlyle in Dearborn. The neighborhood was in my Read More …

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 paternal side, the children were all girls and on the maternal they Read More …

Baby Shoes

Baby Shoes Seashore Pools and Frozen Custard There was a house at 911 Mayburn in Dearborn that was just a few houses off my beaten path to a huge gigantic public swimming pool that many kids ventured to from our neighborhood in the Township. We didn’t live within Dearborn City limits so we had to Read More …