Is It Sam?

20 Dec

I stopped to visit Grandma Knox today on my way home from a meeting in Freeman, SD. While I was there, the mail lady came (right after the flower lady, who delivered a beautiful bouquet that will no doubt launch Carey L to the top of the “my favorite grandchild list” for weeks to come). Grandma got the Salem paper, a stack of christmas cards, and the quarterly newsletter from The Silent Wings Museum in Lubbock, TX.

I’ve always been fascinated by the Glider Pilots story from WWII, since Grandpa Sam was one of the amazing guys who wore a “G” wing (it stood for “guts,” I’ve been told) and flew what were basically glorified paper airplanes into enemy territory. So, I was paging through the newsletter, showing pictures from the latest WWII Glider Pilots reunion to Grandma to see if she knew anybody, when this caught my eye:


It’s a fairly new (March, 2007) documentary narrated by Hal Holbrook (the newsletter called it the best ever) on the story of the WWII GPs. The Museum is selling it for $24.95 plus 3 bucks shipping. What caught my eye was the guy in the back row, second from the left. That posture, the crooked hat, the short skinny build, and a face that–at least in a small black and white photo–looked a whole lot like Grandpa Sam. I was pretty stoked now. On my way home to pick up Hope from school I called the museum to check out the details. They, as I expected, couldn’t tell me who was on the cover.

I ran in the house to get online and see if I could find a bigger picture of this DVD cover. I did. Alas, the close-up revealed a face that was not my grandpa’s. (Click the image to view the close-up for yourself.) I think I’ll buy the DVD anyway.

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Posted by on December 20, 2007 in Family



One response to “Is It Sam?

  1. joebart

    January 7, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    I got my copy of Silent Wings in the mail yesterday. Haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, but as soon as I do you’re welcome to borrow it. Thanks to Jim (my boss) for the amazon gift certificate…


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