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               Friday, August 30 2002 

Flying 3

Though first flights may still seem exciting to novices, flying has long since lost any thrill it held for me and I join the multitudes who say they don't like to fly. Though both of my sons joined ROTC in high school in the hopes of getting into a pilot training program, like most aviator aspirants they've long since given up those dreams. Mike may have put it best when he observed after a recent long flight, "I'm glad I don't have to do that often; man was never intended to fly." I'll allow that that may be theologically debatable (some may consider such a proposition borderline Amishness), but there's a ring of truth there, too.

I was one of the few members of the family who never had a ride in brother Bob's small plane when he was flying, by sheer dint of never being in the right place at the right time. In fact, I can remember only two small plane rides in my life, both of which were with my employer in my mid-20's, the Rev. Dr. Carl McIntire, and his pilot, another staff member of the "movement" who owned a Piper Cub. The first flight was from Cape May, New Jersey, to a town near Harrisburg where Dr. McIntire had been called to interview an older couple who wanted to leave a sizeable bequest to the ministries.

Philadelphia City HallThe second flight with Dr. McIntire was perhaps the most memorable one I've ever had, even more so than the bumpy all-night sojourn from Delhi, India, to Singapore, or the 11-hour drone from Hong Cong to San Francisco. This time we flew from Cape May to Washington, D.C., to pick up Strom Thurmond, the same Strom Thurmond who was then and still is representing South Carolina in the United States Senate as the oldest member of that most august club. He seemed to me even then, over 30 years ago, an old man, and he'd been in the news for having recently taken a much younger bride than his age. But to us he was a defender of faith and rights for believing minorities.

We were delivering Senator Thurmond to the Christian Admiral Bible Conference where he was a special guest speaker. And although it was a memorable event to be in the company of such a famous man for a long ride in a plane that sat only four people, the flight itself was even more memorable. As the sun was setting beyond the western Pennsylvania hills, we flew directly over downtown Philadelphia, where the highrise city hall is even higher than the tower of Big Ben on London's Parliament building, which Peter Pan, Wendy, and their young companions flew by in the fable. I still don't know why we took that somewhat indirect route—the pilot must have had instructions—but because we did it remains my most memorable flight ever,

—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

You know you're from Utah if... (end of series)

You wave to someone on the freeway because you
recognize the truck

You talk about a combine and people don't wonder what you are putting together

In the spring every tenth car you pass is a tractor

Someone says manure spreader and you know it isn't the local congressman

When the car in front of you is weaving, you suspect a farmer instead of a drunk

Maps and gloves are kept in your vehicle's "jockey box"

You can choose plastic bags or a paper sacks for your groceries

 

—Sent by Mike Harrison

Thought for today

Ours is the age that is proud of machines that think and suspicious of men who try to.

H. Mumford Jones

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