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Thank You For Your Love Letters To Mary

Thank You For Your Love Letters To Mary

My Dad’s relationship with Lt. Roland E. Speckman began in September 1944 at Nashville, TN. They became crew members of a brand new C-87 cargo plane. Dad was the pilot and Roland was the copilot. They spent 21 days flying the plane from the US to Tezpur, India. They...

Safety Is No Accident

Safety Is No Accident

First Rate, Inc. partners with Homes of Hope that builds houses for the poorest of the poor. Homes of Hope was started in 1991 in Tijuana by Sean and Janet Lambert. One of the sayings on the work site is ‘Safety is no accident.” Well, accidents do happen. On one house...

The General Who Changed the Running World

The General Who Changed the Running World

My role as the corporate chaplain at First Rate, Inc. gave me the privilege of visiting the Cooper Institute in Dallas for company management meetings. I knew that Dr. Kenneth Cooper was the founder of the Institute and the author of the 1968 book Aerobics. I worked...

Joining Them on the Journey

Joining Them on the Journey

Whose footsteps are you walking in? Who left you an example to emulate? Dad wrote that his life was made easier by choosing to follow in the footsteps of his brother, Dr. Irwin K. Stone, M.D. (1920-2008), an internist in Watertown, New York. Irwin built model...

When Do We Call It Quits

When Do We Call It Quits

Some organizations need a funeral because their purpose has expired. Take for instance the Hump Pilots Association(HPA). It officially shut its door in 2005, sixty years after it was organized for the purpose of keeping the bonds of service in the...

Labels, Racism and Change

Labels, Racism and Change

Eric Metaxas’ book 7 Women and the Secret of Their Greatness contains a chapter about Rosa Parks, the mother of the U. S. Civil Rights Movement. When I read it, I realized that Dad and Rosa were in Montgomery, Alabama in 1941 when Dad attended flight school at the...

A Giant of a Mentor: Dr. George Hoyt Whipple, M.D.

A Giant of a Mentor: Dr. George Hoyt Whipple, M.D.

Mentors come in many shapes and sizes. One of Dad’s mentors at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry was the founding Dean, Dr. George Hoyt Whipple, M.D. Dad graduated the same year Dr. Whipple stepped down as Dean. Dr. Whipple was a well-known...

Training, training, more training!

Training, training, more training!

James D. Murphy wrote in Business Is Combat about the importance of the United States Air Force’s pilot training program. “No other organization in the world, civilian or military, has structured itself as successfully, trained its people as appropriately, or...

It Took A Miracle

It Took A Miracle

After I trusted in Jesus Christ for salvation in August 1970 during the Jesus Movement days, I became acquainted with the John W. Peterson song It Took a Miracle.  Forty-six years later I learned from the first volume of the “China Airlift”- The Hump” (1980) that...

Mom’s Connection to the Root, Elihu Root, That Is

Mom’s Connection to the Root, Elihu Root, That Is

My mother was one busy bee growing up. Besides her many educational, recreational and musical activities, she made scrapbooks as a teenager that proves her busyness. She saved all kinds of programs, ticket stubs and newspaper clippings from 1937 to 1942 when she...