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God Bless Paul Poberezny

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I was a pretty luck kid.  I had a great childhood.  I have a mom and dad that love each other.  I have two younger brothers that I adore.  I had it pretty good.

We didn’t have a lot of money, but my parent s still managed to make sure that we took a vacation . Almost every year we went to the EAA Airventure in Oshkosh.  It is one of my favorite childhood memories. My grandparents were always with us. My cousins were there.  And there were always a ton of friends with us.

When I was a young boy there was nothing cooler than walking the flight line, checking out the old World War II planes, and watching the wing walkers high above our heads.  It was magical.

When Kierra and Aimee got old enough I couldn’t wait to take them up to EAA.  Those are memories I (and I hope they) will always cherish. Four generations our family walking arm in arm through the EAA grounds.

Now the man who made it all possible has passed away.  Paul Poberezny founded EAA in 1953 in his Hales Corners basement. He died today at the age of 91 after a battle with cancer. People use the term legend pretty liberally.  Poberezny is a legend.  He made a difference in the aviation world.  Who would have ever thought that the world’s pre-eminent air show would be held in Oshkosh Wisconsin.

On Wisconsin’s Afternoon News today Paul’s son Tom told me, “My dad was passionate about exposing people to flying.  Young or old, he wanted everyone to experience the magic.”

He accomplished that mission in my family.

God speed Paul Poberezny.  And prayers to his family

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