750 Builder Lane Seidel, Barnwell College regular.
Below is one of my favorite photos from Corvair College #43 at Barnwell last month. It is Lane Seidel’s shirt, with several of his name tags from previous colleges. He is holding his phone, showing a picture of his nearly done Zenith 750 STOL, and yes, his engine was first run at a previous Barnwell college.
Ask anyone who has met him at a College, Lane is the best sort of guy, easygoing and laid back. With his southern accent, it is all pretty good camouflage for a highly accomplished, but modest man who works in nuclear power.
If you want to know what makes him invaluable in my book, a story: At Corvair College #34, also at Barnwell, a builder had a crippling medical emergency. You can read some of the background here: Builder Medical Emergency Update. The onset of the man’s crisis was hard to see in the bustle of an on going college. The moment of awareness of his emergency comes from Lane, coming over and telling me he thinks the man has a serious issue we are not seeing. Minutes later we are traveling to Aiken Hospital, and the staff later tells me we cut it pretty close. There were many other builders who later put forth a very strong effort on the man’s behalf, including many people who contributed to a fund which topped $10K. But without Lane, who not only had the observation skills, but also lives by ‘I am my brothers keeper’instead of societies all to common, ‘I don’t want to get involved’ we very likely would have lost the man.