In one of Mike's Blogs he wrote: "Would you open a thread in your blog giving the highlights of your career, and then we can do another interview."
At first I said I would not, but, what the hey? What follows is a brief synopsis of what Mike calls my..."fascinating career".
Born at an early age in the 30s.
Educated in a semi-public grade school through the 7th Grade.
Boarding schools 8 through 12.
College ½ year.
Army 3 years, with tour in Korea.
Back to college.....no luck.
Scared to death of airplanes (I'd been on two commercial flights and five military flights) until a friend took me for a ride in a light twin.
Decided then I wanted to be an airline pilot.
Got all the ratings except FE & ATR (they came later).
Got hired by Eastern.
Flew Connies for six months on their Shuttle Operation.
Became psychic; left Eastern for United. (Eastern went under later)
Flew DC-6s/7s, B-737s, and DC-8s.
While with UAL, became a railroad engineer for a shortline railroad.
Retired from flying.
Continued as engineer until moving to Florida.
Survived three hurricanes.
Moved back North.
Here I am.
Naturally, along with all of the above were many other activities such as numerous train trips on AMTRAK (in the cab and in back) and in Private Rail Cars; a 75-day trip aboard a containership across the Pacific and back, as well as a couple of trips aboard Great Lakes Freighters and on my own boats. Guess I prefer the water to anything else.
Don't know how "fascinating" that is, but I've had a good time.