This morning I bolted awake with a frightening thought: In just a few hours my grandsons Payton and Alex will be at the airport looking forward to their first flying lesson. And they’re expecting me to be their instructor. Gulp. Yes, I’ve been flying for more than fifty years. Yes, I’ve logged five thousand hours
For most, Tuesday, September 11, 2001 began as an ordinary day. * * * My first student of the day was Bryan. An excellent student, he had become familiar with procedures at Palwaukee so when it was time to land I had him call the tower for instructions. That was the end of ordinary. For
Minutes after she was born, her father told us her name and her mother declared, “Her name is Alison Mae, but all her friends call her Alice Mae.” We are birthday twins, Alice Mae and I. She was born on my 70th birthday. My hope is that I will dance with her on her wedding day.
In January of 2015, my parents, John and Edna Clapper, were inducted into the Craft and Hobby Hall of Fame. The following is my acceptance of this honor on their behalf at the awards ceremony: A few weeks ago I began reading a message from Mark Lee, Chairman of your Awards Committee. I say began,
Acceptance of award by Lyle Clapper at annual dinner and awards banquet. This is a great honor from you who are creators of real wealth. Contrary to conventional wisdom, wealth is not money. Wealth is goods and services. Money is just a convenient scorekeeping medium for exchanging those valuable goods and services. Wealth can be