Late July UPDATE

It’s been too long since posting here.  AKM is still going in the back hallway and upstairs at the Stellar Aviation FBO at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport.  I spend hours here  seven days a week.  I’ve not published a Lincoln Flyer  newsletter for the same reason I’ve not posted here for so long:  I don’t  have a  block of time large enough to commit to the task.  Starting today, I’m  contributing to this  blog with smaller “blocks”

I continue posting daily at the AeroKnow Museum Day to Day blog where I also post pictures of aircraft and visitors to AKM the previous day.

I’ve decided to organize the negatives that have received no attention for the past 40 years.  A new Epson Perfection V550 was  purchased, thanks to support from Mark Houpt of Lincoln, Illinois.  Other challenges await near-term resolution.  I  must replace the Sony Mavica point & shoot, which I loved, which has broken.  My financial distress (no income from vacant half of my duplex home where I live and inconsistent hours at part-time employer)  prevent me from buying a replacement. In better years past, I would have bought a new camera out  of  pocket.  I need to replace the Mavica because my 35mm DSLR, a wonderful  Canon Eos 20D has collected considerable dust in the camera body, 35 to 70mm lens and 70 – 300 mm lens.  I cannot afford to have that equipment cleaned.  I am happy with the Canon.. I neither need nor want a new DSLR and lenses. I just want it dustless inside.  I need your support ($$$) to do what needs to be done.

I am in terrific health. My recent physical indicated that m blood chemistry, blood pressure and heart are good. At 190 pounds the beer belly is gone permanently.   I’ve not weighed 190 since early college.  I eat one meal a day most days, my reward at day’s end for having prevailed over another day. That helps with the weight issue.

STILL no success to report recruiting a dependable volunteer or two out here. As AeroKnow Museum continues an unhappy process of downsizing in the year to come, I need help moving book cases and filing cabinets. I can’t do this solo, and I can’t hire help because I need to eat at least once a day. The rest of my income goes to paying off a major loan, a 15 year-old bill for the roof o the house, and medical bills I have too-long  neglected. But life goes on.

That’s the story from here for now. Look for another post about this time next Saturday, August  5, a month from my 70th birthday.

Thanks for reading this post.

Have a good day.


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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