Much ado about nothing

The seven recipients of the Master Pilot Award at Sun ’n Fun: Richard Farmer, LeRoy Brown, James Ray, Walter Schamel, Rock Rockcastle, John Leidenheimer, and Martin Sobel.

LeRoy Brown should hate me, but he doesn’t. He should at least be mad at me, but he isn’t ­— and for that I’m eternally grateful.

You see, I met LeRoy in the worst of circumstances for an editor. We had published a story from a freelancer that told of the long-ago exploits of a pilot and his B-17. Great story ­— problem was the guy who told it was the wrong guy. He was giving himself credit for things LeRoy had done. So understandably, LeRoy was upset when he called our offices.

We were able to smooth things over a bit ­— but it still galls LeRoy to this day that that man would lie so much ­— but remarkably, he has not only forgiven me, he has become my friend.

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