Good news on the humor-writing front. I received an honorable Mention in this year’s #Erma #Bombeck Writing Competition. Here’s the link to my entry. The contest had a humor and a human-interest category. This piece, about memories of my mother, is a bit more reflective than flat-out silly. So, I opted for the human interest […]
I’m such a sucker for the story behind the story. Yes Wiley Post was the first #pilot to fly around the world in only eight days. But the reason he pulled this off was because of his #navigator, Harold Gatty. Gatty was almost killed on the flight, but more on that in a bit. Harold […]
This story was originally published in February 2020 as first runner-up for the 2020 Erma Bombeck Writer’s Conference in its global human interest category. It’s listed on the Centerville Library, of Dayton Ohio’s, website. But all rights remain with Robb Lightfoot This story is available to newsletter subscribers. To see it, please subscribe to the Robb’s newsletter and you’ll get a password!
Wiley Post wasn’t able to make much money from his first around-the-world flight. Within weeks, he was in a huge financial bind.
I’m indulging one of my passions from my misspent childhood: binging on #biographies of #aviation and automotive pioneers and #dare-devils. There are so many interesting and quirky men—and women—from this age that it’s captivating reading. Right now, I’m brushing up on my knowledge of Wiley Post, the record-breaking (cliche alert) “one-eyed pilot from Oklahoma.” He […]