Montclair High School
Class Of 1960
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January 28, 2015
David Appleton flying!
David writes -
I've retired from the sea but still seek adventures of sorts. So I've taken up flying! I'm now working toward my private license. Funny I'm doing this since flying always scared the Bi-Jesus out of me, but also fascinated me. My first airline flight, courtesy of Uncle Sam, was from NYC to USN Boot Camp in North Chicago, IL in July 1964. I was petrified. I knew I was about to die.... I survived, not only the flight, but the Navy.
My yacht delivery business over the last 25 years or so required many flights to and from boats found hither, thither, and yon. One of the earliest of these I shared with MHS classmate Ned Watson, my crew on a 1600 nm ocean voyage from Maryland to the Virgins in 1993. During our flight home, St. Thomas to Philadelphia, Ned a flying aficionado, nearly... no really, had to hold my hand to calm me down every time we hit a patch of turbulence.
My trepidation subsided over the years and I actually began to enjoy these flights. Today I am hardly nervous at all, and am mostly enthusiastic. I usually seek a window seat aft of the wings, and I spend the flight glued to that window, watching clouds, considering weather, and trying to figure out exactly where I am, given the configuration of land and sea. (When over sea, I look for boats and try to figure surface wind speed by the sea state.) I'm a sort of scientific observer, but mostly a kid in an amusement park (remember Palisades Park).
Teaching sailing, I've had many pilots in my classes. They seem attracted to the interaction between man's machine, the physics of it, and Nature's laws. I've introduced many commercial pilots to sailing, one of whom flew 747s between NYC and Europe on a regular basis. One of my best Mates on major ocean voyages had a helicopter in Minnesota, so when I had a chance, I drove up to Hawley, MN and he gave me a ride. WOW! I wanted one, but on my budget that ain't gonna happen.
And now we have an F-18 pilot in the family, my Great Nephew-in-Law, Erik. He's an Annapolis graduate and was one of Dr. Peter Andre's (MHS '59) students. I hope to make a sailor out of him one day, but for now I'm pleased he's doing his part to defend our country... and probably having a hell-of-a-ride doing so. Read Envy!
So to get a better idea of what flying is like, I'm taking these lessons. I hope to have my private license by summer and we'll see how it goes from there. In the picture above, I am at the helm (yoke) of a Piper Warrior flying over Princeton, NJ last month. So far, so good. Wish me luck!
Today I had another flight... mastered (maybe) the finer points of preflight prep and taking off... did so and found it exhilarating. Again flew over Princeton University, looking down on the football stadium where Clary Anderson took us MHS football folk to watch a game in 1958. Johnny Buccino (MHS '59) our center, climbed the stairs to our appointed seats, turned around to look down at the field, let out a yelp, and did a sit/sat making his way down the stairs to lower ground. That was my most memorable moment. Can't even remember who Princeton played. I thought of Johnny B. and that day in Princeton as I flew over the stadium. I look forward to landing which seems a bit more challenging. Most of my efforts on simulators thus far have ended in disaster. Wish me better luck!
And more about what a "sit/sat" is..........
It was a classic full butt decent at a speed fueled by sheer terror. Much mirth followed him down. Funny the things we remember. Of course we have to realize our recollections are filtered through the fog of years and colored by our personal point of view. I'd like to know Johnny B's remembrance of that November day. He's probably repressed it. I've done this with many unsatisfactory recollections of my days in Montclair and elsewhere. Haven't we all!
Jack (John) Taylor has joined our website! You can contact Jack through his profile page. Click on "Classmate Profiles" near the top of the left-hand blue margin on this page.
I am sorry to report that Leslie Tobias passed away last year on December 15, 2013. Marcia Lenkowsky Paiewonsky sent the sad news.
Pat Kaveny Gullord has moved again. Her new address is: 4500 East Sunrise Drive, Apt. B2; Tucson, AZ 85718. Phone: 520-505-4131
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Results of "Guest Members on the website" question
Since we had 22 "yes" votes, 10 "no" votes, and 6 "I don't care" votes, I will make it possible for a member of another MHS class to join our website as a "Guest Member." Guest Members will be able to have their own profile page and they will be able to send and receive messages through the site. They will be able to remain guest members as long as they do not harass any class member or post objectionable material. If a member of another MHS class wishes to become a Guest Member, he/she should contact me directly to request guest membership and I will enter his or her information in the site's database. Nobody will be able to join the site without going through that process. If you have questions or concerns, please let me know. (Linda.firstname.lastname@example.org)