Category : Arizona TVOTS

WELCOME TO MY WORLD – An Introduction & Daily BLOG!
WELCOME TO MY WORLD – An Introduction & Daily BLOG!

Greetings!   FIRST, an apology!  I am trying to learn how to put a feature within where you can book-mark and go back to the spot you where you quit reading.  So far this has eluded me, but I’m persistent. In this “page” you’ll see weekly (sometimes daily) postings.  At.

Walker Bunch – Prologue
Walker Bunch – Prologue

Writing my family’s story, from my perspective, I realized that I jumped ahead some.  For sure I should have put something about what my grandparents meant to me as well as their influence which was considerable.  If you have already read Part One/Two/Three you know that I was born lucky!.

The Adventures of the Walker Bunch:  Part Two – Arizona then and Now…
The Adventures of the Walker Bunch: Part Two – Arizona then and Now…

SARATOGA to SCOTTSDALE arriving November 5, 1958… After Jerry Donelan convinced me to move to Arizona the quid pro quo was that our move would be following the Panther’s football season.  As I mentioned in Part One, the PVHS football team went from worst to first from my freshman year to my senior year..

WALKER BUNCH – PART THREE!
WALKER BUNCH – PART THREE!

September 1986 was the demise of our beloved Frontier Airlines.   It’s employees blown to the four winds.   It was an extremely sad time especially after all the sacrifices we employees made in trying to save a FIRST-RATE little airline. JAKE Even with all the pain and uncertainty, the FLamily, as.

Bill Cutter – A Peerless Aviator
Bill Cutter – A Peerless Aviator

All I needed to do was post the picture shown above.  That photo is the essence of my aviator pal, Bill Cutter, and the reason he is so revered in the aviation community.   His majestic D-17S Staggerwing Beech in the background and there stands Sir William surrounded by a bevy of beauties all.

General Francesco De Pinedo 1890 – 1933
General Francesco De Pinedo 1890 – 1933

Francesco De Pinedo (February 16, 1890 – September 2, 1933) was a famous Italian aviator. And the first foreign pilot to fly a foreign aircraft into the United States! Pinedo, a Regia Marina (Italy’s Royal Navy) officer who transferred to the Regia Aeronautica (Italy’s Royal Air Force), he was an advocate.

CAPTAIN JOSEPH RUTHERFORD WALKER 1798 – 1876
CAPTAIN JOSEPH RUTHERFORD WALKER 1798 – 1876

I first learned of ol’ Joe Walker from my aunt Virginia, she ranked second in seniority in the eight children born to John J. and Martha Mayfield Walker.  My father, William Dillard “Pic” Walker was third from the youngest.   Robert D. “Bob” Walker was the last and the one.

Col. O.C. “Ole” Griffith
Col. O.C. “Ole” Griffith

Ole Griffith, born in Pittsburg, spent his early years in and around Pennsylvania, his military years all over the world, and his last three and a half decades based in Phoenix, Arizona. Fascinated by and engaged in aviation throughout his life, Griffith has been privileged to meet many of his.

The Marsh and Gary Show
The Marsh and Gary Show

PROLOGUE TO A GREAT ADVENTURE Marsh Trimble and I have been friends for more than a half-century!  First, we were fraternity brothers at Arizona State University as members of Alpha Tau Omega (ΑΤΩ).  Secondly, we became friends.  I would become his first “groupie” when he played with the Gin Mill.

Jay Prochnow’s Harrowing Flight

Imagine flying for more than 14 hours non-stop over the Pacific Ocean. You see nothing but the blue of the ocean around you. You try to contact your landing airport… Nothing. Then you realize you are lost in the middle of nowhere… and you’re on a Cessna airplane. Your only.