Celebrate ourselves

Posted on July 21st, 2014 by

When Orville and Wilbur Wright wandered out onto the dunes of Kill Devil Hills to make their first powered flight, there were no crowds of well wishers cheering them on. Reporters were elsewhere covering stories that seemed more important than... Continue Reading →

How to create a fan

Posted on July 16th, 2014 by

The quest for the World Cup has come to an end. Germany took home the title after working their way up through the ranks, win by win. In the end they took out Argentina in a 1–0 contest that left... Continue Reading →

Respectfully yours

Posted on July 8th, 2014 by

Now and then I’ll receive a piece of mail that contains a dollar bill. These tend to be from companies that want information from me. You probably get similar mailers arriving at your home or office. Most of us do.... Continue Reading →

The four secret steps to becoming a good old boy

Posted on June 30th, 2014 by

In your town, right now, there is a good old boy network firmly in place. I know this because there is a good old boy network in place in every town. Whether you’re in New York City, Los Angeles, Clarksville,... Continue Reading →

Courting integrity for the long haul

Posted on June 23rd, 2014 by

My family is probably as dysfunctional and weird as any. Yet for all the squawking and sarcasm and occasional emotional outbursts, we still care for one another. You might even say we love each other. Certainly, there’s a sense of trust... Continue Reading →

Can aviation get its mojo back?

Posted on June 16th, 2014 by

There was a time not so long ago when aviation was cool. It was hip. It was a celebrity in its own right. Being photographed next to an airplane was a dream come true. Being one of the lucky few... Continue Reading →

Motivation, inspiration, and big ol’ dreams

Posted on June 9th, 2014 by

I’ve just returned from a beautiful morning chat on my friend Ben’s front porch. Ben’s 87 years old. As a solid member of that group known as the greatest generation, he fills the bill well. A southern boy born into... Continue Reading →

Welcome to the minority

Posted on June 2nd, 2014 by

When the topic of aviation comes up, it is almost a given that the conversation will come around to pilots. Even if the discussion isn’t about flying itself, the chatter still turns to pilots. Whether you’re interacting with an aviation-centric... Continue Reading →

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The context of a Mann

Posted on May 27th, 2014 by

On Friday, May 23, Hiram Mann was laid to rest. After 92 years his body had given all it had to give. He was my friend. I’m sorry to say I was not at the ceremony with his family, his illustrious... Continue Reading →

When in doubt, panic

Posted on May 21st, 2014 by

Last week news organizations gleefully trumpeted the near collision of two airliners. Their coverage was spotty at best, with few, if any, first hand accounts from anyone with actual knowledge of the event, other than the description of a passenger.... Continue Reading →