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Category: Master Builders
Edited by Gerald Boerner



JerryPhotoIn the mid-1950s, about ten years after the end of World War II. Movies were appearing about the various campaigns in the Pacific; movies like “Run Silent, Run Deep”. But the one that really stands out in my mind was “30 Seconds Over Tokyo” about Jimmy Doolittle’s daring raid on Tokyo just months after the tragedy of Pearl Harbor. That caught my imagination with its creative solution to a seemingly unsolvable problem.

But that’s the essence of the man, James H. (Jimmy) Doolittle. He was a flight instructor during World War I, an air racer and innovator between the wars, and a inspirational leader during World War II. He earned his doctorate in aeronautics at MIT and helped Shell Oil develop high-octane airplane fuel. His planning skills were evident in both the raid on Tokyo as well as in the Italian, D-Day and final assault on Japan.

So let’s proceed with our exploration of this man of innovation and courage…  GLB

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Quotations Related to AVIATION

“Aviation is proof that given, the will, we have the capacity to achieve the impossible.”
— Eddie Rickenbacker

“The 20th Century was the century of Aviation and the century of Globalization. The next century will be the century of Space.”
— Wilson Greatbatch

“This is a Solo Flight, but I want aviation enthusiasts and adventurers everywhere to join me in the endeavour.”
— Steve Fossett

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Edited by Gerald Boerner



JerryPhoto_8x8_P1010031Today we take a look at the life of Rosa Parks. This brave woman, while slight in structure, made the stand against the Jim Crow laws that created a two class system in the south. We continue this series with one of this women who was involved in one of the triggering events leading to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

On the way back home after a hard day at work, Rosa Parks was asked to yield her seat on the bus in Montgomery, Alabama, to a white man. And this was not a request due to intentionally sitting in the white section of the bus! No, she sat in the back section of the bus, but as it progressed along its route, additional white riders boarded and were force to stand while there were empty seats in the Colored section of the bus. Rosa Parks sat in the forward part of the Colored section; at one of the stops, the bus driver, in order to make more seats available for the white riders, moved the demarcation sign behind where Parks was seated.

She was then requested to relocate to the new Colored section. She refused, was arrested, and taken to jail. This triggered the Montgomery Bus Boycott. She did not start out as an activist, but became active after her experience; her life has many valuable lessons for the rest of us. Equity belongs to us all: male or female; black, Hispanic, or white; sexual preference; or any other dimension that distinguishes one person from anotherGLB

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Special Tribute

Rosa Parks in RotndaOctober 30, 2005
Civil rights icon Rosa Parks, who was arrested 50 years earlier for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white man, is the first woman and second African American to lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.

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Quotations Related to ROSA PARKS

“Our mistreatment was just not right, and I was tired of it.”
— Attributed to Rosa Parks

“I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people.”
— Rosa Parks

“I knew someone had to take the first step and I made up my mind not to move.”
— Attributed to Rosa Parks

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This category will include profiles and tributes to those individuals who have made significant contribution to the development our country into the land that it is today…