For our grandchildren, grasping our family is a daunting task. So on one of our Gria and Grandpa days, we had those who live here in Arkansas create a family tree. What you see above is Robbie’s work that got crumpled before we could record it for y’all. As you can see, it’s many limbs are rich with the ones we love.

  • Pack-O-Fun backstory

    I was only ten years old when my parents, Edna and John Clapper, published the first issue of Pack-O-Fun magazine, but I can still recall some of their adventure. That they knew nothing of publishing is an understatement. * * * Dad’s family lived in Minnesota and had been hard hit by ...
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  • My GrandpaLyle

    Actually, we never called him that. He was always Grandpa Clapper. Just as my other grandfather was always Grandpa Nielsen.  Grandpa Clapper was a genius. Not just smart – a full blown genius. And if the stories about him are true, he was more than just a bit wacky. Like on his way to get married ...
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  • Craft Award to Clappers

    Craft Award to Clappers
    Acceptance of award by Lyle Clapper at annual dinner and awards banquet. Hobby Industry of America Lifetime Member Award 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 ...
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  • Three flyers on 9/11

    Three flyers on 9/11
    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 ...
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  • Our dream house

    Our dream house
    The year was 2002 and we found the home of our dreams. The house sat on a half acre, directly across the street from the country club. The rooms were not numerous, but they were large and wonderful. The master suite included a complete kitchen, his and hers bathrooms, and walk-in closets – in hers, ...
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