Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Wiley Post

Well I don't know about you, but if I was asked who made the first solo flight around the world, the name Wiley Post would not spring to my lips. But Wiley, who sounds like one hell of a fellow - despite the handicap of a Chuck Jones-style name - did just that, among much else in the aviation field. And he died in a plane crash with the cornball humorist and man of many parts Will Rogers, who once observed that 'We are all here for a spell; get all the good laughs you can' - and did his best to live up to it.
He also said 'An ignorant person is one who doesn't know what you have just found out' - so apologies if the whole world bar me already knew all about Wiley Post.

7 comments:

  1. Excellent middle name also - Hardeman

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  2. Rogers was the one who first said, "All I know is what I read in the papers." That would make him a dangerously ignorant man today. "Diplomacy is the art of saying 'Nice Doggie' until you can find a rock" is as valid and today as it was then. "Everything is funny as long as it is happening to somebody else" will never cease to be true as well.

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  3. Will ye post another wily post, Bryan, on Wiley Post?

    (Written only because I can't believe no one else has said it and can't stand to watch it go to the bottom unappreciated.)

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  4. Nige's subject, Ronin. If you see the Verdana font, you see me.

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  5. I know, Ronin, I should have called it Wiley Post Post... And Bryan, we wouldn't get this confusion if you gave me that fine blackletter font - it's exciting, it's contemporary, it's now...

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  6. I know, Ronin, I should have called it Wiley Post Post... And Bryan, we wouldn't get this confusion if you gave me that fine blackletter font - it's exciting, it's contemporary, it's now...

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