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A Kid from California

His habit of writing names and something about someone he met, would explain my first meeting with Dick.  I was a 17yr old kid in the mid 70's crewing for a California pilot at a Standard class nationals in Hobbs NM. Dick was flying the brand new Pik 20. All I ever accomplished at that point in my soaring career was I had the longest flight from Region 11 that year.  Dick was a legend in my eyes and he came up to me, introduced himself, and congratulated me on my flight.  I was so impressed that a man of his stature, from Texas, would even know about some kid in California making a nice flight, then take the time to intoduce himself to me.  He was truly one of the greatest ambassador's we had in this sport.  My deepest condolences go out to Alice and his family.

Barry Danieli
El Verano, CA

Posted: 7/25/2008 By: Richard Johnson


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