Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Memories, Musings, Flying & Film

 A   L   O   H   A  !

When young, my father 

was an usher

in a movie palace like this. 

Then a projectionist in the 

WWII US Army Air Corps. 

Old movies were something

we shared. He had an 

encyclopedic knowledge 

of Hollywood film!


especially of the 20th Century,

is a fascination of mine.

Well, I spent so much 

time there!

JFK roared by me while

campaigning for president. 

(I was only a wee thing!)

 I debated with James Michener 

to my mothers humiliation, 
and I once tried to joke 

with Bob Hope on the 

street in Philadelphia. 

He wasn't having it,

 and the gorgeous blonde 

with him looked bored. 

I saw Nureyev leap 

and hang in the air, 

and I remember hearing 

on the radio that the last 

(US) Civil War widow had died. 

Of course, I saw John Glenn 

leave the earth, 

Humans walk on the moon, 

I attended Woodstock, 

spoke with Timothy Leary,
and saw the first trans-oceanic
broadcast on Telstar.

Aviation is another 

fascination of mine.

So I was beyond eager 

to see 

"Across The Pacific"

about Juan Tripp and 

the earliest days of

commercial aviation 



Here We  Go!

Nobody who has not 

been up in the sky 

on a glorious morning 

can possibly imagine 

the way a pilot feels 

in free heaven.

William T. Piper,
founder of Piper Aircraft Corporation

Is it irony to share 

a flightless bird 

for this week's

Wild Bird Wednesday?

What Was THAT?!?!

I was annoyed from the start 

by the attitude of doubt 

by the spectators that 

I would never really 

make the flight. 

This attitude made me 

more determined than 

ever to succeed.

          Harriet Quimby, 

first woman to obtain a pilot’s license in the U.S.

Love You,
                     Pixie & Cloudia

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Elephant's Child said...

Your memory banks are RICH. A wonderful wealth to have.

Nancy Chan said...

Even though you were a wee thing, you were a very brave girl. Have a great week. Take care and stay safe.

Mike said...

It's been a long time since I've heard Telstar. But it came right back to me.

Cloudia said...

I appreciate each of you ❤️

William Kendall said...

Pixie thinks that is one weird bird.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

The flying boats always seemed romantic to me Cloudia. Many years ago my mum flew in one when she was going out from England to meet my dad in Africa, the way she described it was amazing, I wish they still flew 💙

Ida said...

Very interesting post. Your turkey shot is great. Actually "wild turkeys" can fly. Is that your cat in the photos, it's gorgeous.

Cloudia said...

Thanks each of you! Perth, that is AMAZING!

RedPat said...

What fab memories you have, Cloudia! Let's hope that we all do if you really stop to think back! Loved this post!

Revrunner said...

My father also served in the Army Air Corps.

Caro G said...

You have some wonderful landmark memories as a confident girl with a mind of her own. Great post.