Three and a half


The picture below is me at the New Jersey shore in the summer of 1966. It hints at the childhood I wrote about in this story: Thought for the Day: America, 1963 , but tonight the picture draws out a different line of thought.



The photo was taken by my mother, I know this because my father was 8,900 miles away in Saigon that year.


In a number of fathers day stories, I have said that without my father, my life would have amounted to very little. I am speaking personally here, I know a number of people who grew up without a father and became far better people than myself, but I am not them, and I have to say that nearly every good thing that happened in my life in the last 50 years bears the fingerprints of my fathers influence. I have never known a world without him, but it takes little imagination to see it would have been a much dimmer world with very few chances, and journey without a guide nor compass.  That is what I think about when I study the face of the little boy that 50 years later becomes the person typing this.




About William Wynne
I have been continuously building, testing and flying Corvair engines since 1989. Information, parts and components that we developed and tested are now flying on several hundred Corvair powered aircraft. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics and an A&P license from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and have a proven 20 year track record of effectively teaching homebuilders how to create and fly their own Corvair powered planes. Much of this is chronicled at and in more than 50 magazine articles.

One Response to Three and a half

  1. Dan Glaze says:

    William, my father and best friend left this earth 5 years ago, he also was a man of principle and honesty. It’s amazing how we can think back at the things our Father taught us and remember them, I guess that’s why they are called life lessons. Some say that time will make the passing of a loved one easier, however I find this not to be true as I sit and ponder on the what ifs why nots of yesterday. Maybe it just hasn’t been enough time. You just keep the stories coming as I do enjoy them, they remind me of mine and I’m not that good at putting them to print. Thinking of you buddy, Dan-o

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