March 23 – 1941 Cessna employees yearbook

Wednesday, March 23 — In at 8:05, calm, overcast, local King Air on the ramp. Worked on arranging a bunch of mini CDs I had used with the terrific Sony Mavica camera and some other picture CDs in the Process Room. Came back to office just in time to welcome some pilot visitors and had a brief, nice chat. Started processing and editing some of the pictures backlog from 2015 which is very slow work, deciding what to keep and what to delete. Proofread a terrific AAHS Journal Spring 2016 article about the Fisher XP-75 Eagle and sent comments, suggestions notes about occasional typos to the editor. I am not “in the business” nor is it “my business” to produce evidence in my contribution to the issue that the author is a better writer than he is. My business is to correct typo errors, mis-labeling of aircraft — Do you know the difference between an F-4D and an F4D? I DO. You would be totally, like, really a-freaking-MAZED by how many good writers (and perhaps an editor or two) do NOT know the difference. If an author appears to be writing an article intended for publication in Boy’s Life magazine or the Ladies’ Home Journal, instead of a serious, scholastic-ish historical quarterly, and the editor has no problem with that, neither do I. I hasten to add,
I truly enjoy proofreading. Not only the proofreading; but the proofreading activity also. Yes, I’m being tongue-in-cheek here. I would have never accepted “proofreading activity.” It’s redun-dun-DUNDANT for Pete’s sake! For everyone elses’ sakes also.  Scanned some pictures of a Waco design butchered (modified) into a conventional lightplane and posted them at a Waco Facebook site. Had a TERRIFIC visit with Russ H. , a terrific modeler (ex-USAF transplant from ‘Jersey)  who brought some incredible history to share including a 1941 Cessna company YEARBOOK! INCREDIBLE. We met until about 4, and three minutes after he left, two pilots from Litchfield, IL visited for the first time. We had another TERRIFIC encounter. Both gents, Bill and his friend Bill, are IFR students of local CFI Mark W.l who owns a Beech Travel Air light twin. All three gentlemen! A few minutes after they departed it was time for the model club meeting which adjourned about 9. I finished up here and went home at 9:40. Day rating: A 🙂

Pictured below are what  Russ H.left at AKM: a 1941 Cessna Employee’s Club Membership Card and 1941 Cessna Air Crafter yearbook. No single donation of historical material coming to AeroKnow Museum since arriving here a few years ago has impressed me more, awed me more than these two items. When you visit AeroKnow Museum, remember to ask to see them if you like. They will amaze you as well. Thanks again, Russ!

About Job Conger

I am a freelance aviation, business and tourism writer, poet, songwriter. My journalism appears regularly in Springfield Business Journal and Illinois Times. I am author of Springfield Aviation from Arcadia Publishing and available everywhere. As founder/director of AeroKnow Museum (AKM) and a volunteer with American Aviation Historical Society (AAHS), I created this blog to share news about AKM activity and aviation history.
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