Got my Masters in Clinical Psychology in 1984 and worked in the field till a side job introduced me to television production. I worked with Sid Levin and Jim Arnold (of AOPA Live) for many years, helping them with clients including Apple, and DEC Computer along with broadcast field production, then with Target Productions, Boston’s largest post production facility in its day till my brother and I invented the Fog City line of vision safety products used in various motor sport, first responder, construction and DOD environments, which kept me on the road quite a bit. We decided to raise our kids where my wife grew up and so moved to Martha’s Vineyard and took on the Green Acre’s persona till the flying bug bit me, and I’ve never looked back. I'm a passionate aviation late bloomer.
After germinating for 40 years I finally came to my senses and got my pilot’s license. Now I'm well into my IFR training and determined to spend the rest of my life involved in aviation.
* I'm a storyteller- Intent on sharing what others have learned
* I'm a teacher- Working towards my CFI, and helping create flying clubs and ground schools
* I'm a motivator- Willing to stand on a soapbox and preach aviation gospel at every opportunity
Not too long ago Craig Fuller, then President of AOPA made a presentation that focused on taking action. He spoke eloquently of the need for each of us to speak up, do something, for each of us to make an impact locally to pump new blood into the ailing GA condition.
I was working on my primary, and learning all too fast how the GA environment had eroded- airports closing, fuel costs skyrocketing, fences, gates, locks, and unfriendly airport atmospheres were becoming familiar, and then there's the constant complaints from elder aviators about "how it used to be". I was inspired to document their stories, so we can learn from them.
But as I did, found myself surrounded by kids. learning to fly- who never knew of $.45/gal fuel. They understand that airports simply have fences. This is their norm, and they make it happen in spite of it all. I listened to them talk about how they overcame those obstacles, and decided to document their stories too.
But each interview brought me back to Katama Airfield, pointed back to its history, and the story soon became about Katama itself. The story of Katama is the story of general aviation itself. Now it’s our turn to insure its growth, and help inspire others to insure its future
This is a work in progress. I've begun to assemble stories: Elder statesman, Early adopters, Young students. I’m researching the history of Katama and will have a documentary about the airfield someday. So far I've learned a few interesting tidbits about 1B2:
* It's been here since the early 1920's
* Charles Lindbergh came here often to get out of the limelight
* James Cagney used to hang out for the fun of it
* A Piper Aircraft dealership was on site
* There was a railroad that pulled targets for torpedo practice that used to run along the beach bordering the airfield
* There were WW2 pill boxes on the beach, that my wife used to play on as a kid, which have long since disappeared into the sea
I took it upon myself to document the life and times of those who call Katama Airfield their home. But I'm also looking to expose the trials and tribulations of what it takes to actually earn a pilots license at this time in our lives: The kids don't know any different, it's their time, and I'm telling their stories.
A Story Teller