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The Significance of a Name

On April 30, 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives passed House Resolution 444 honoring the aviation professional men and women who ensure aircraft maintenance airworthiness of our airborne aviation infrastructure.

Each year, May 24 is designated Aviation Maintenance Technician (AMT) Day for Charles Taylor. Charles was the Wright Brothers’ mechanic who built and maintained the engine that was used to power the Wright brother's first controlled flying machine on December 17, 1903 and father of aviation maintenance, born on May 24, 1868.

Knocking Down Pins

The bowling alley at the airbase where I served in the US Navy was an excellent divergent from the long hours of maintaining our squadrons aircraft and performing daily watches. It was an old facility without an automatic pin reset system. An individual was behind the scene repetitively setting up the next course of bowling pins.

The Brain is Faster Than the Tongue

Jack’s dad was a train conductor who work fourteen hours a day. So, Grace had to be both mother and father to her boy. Jack was quick to admit he became the man he became because of her. The life lessons he learned from his mom have transformed America.

Jack was known for having an uncompromising toughness that reduced corporate heads to Jell-O, but he softened when he spoke about how his mom saved him from a childhood disability. Jack was a stutter. That impediment rendered him insecure and shy. Yet his stuttering did not keep him from becoming a titan of corporate America.

20/20 in 2020


20/20 in 2020

When you visit the optometrist to have your vision checked, the doctor will have you view letters and numbers through a variety of test lenses. “Is this one sharper or this one? How about now? Is this lens or the previous one the most clear?”