The author, age 5, next to a Semco basket
during the 1973 World Championships
The most important thing to know about "The Early Years of Sport Ballooning" is that much of the
content here is provided through the generous assistance of visitors in
contributing images and information. The fact that much of this site's
content is submitted by visitors means that it's your site. I'm eager to know how it can be
improved, and what people really want to see. I read and respond to each and every e-mail - if you've
got opinions on what you do, or would like to, see here, why not
let me know? A great many visitors have
written me in the time this site's been here to say that they're delighted with the memories I've been
able to share. Thank you on behalf of myself; the thanks of many others, I pass along to you.As for who I am,
I am a father of two from
Albuquerque, New Mexico. I have
been a balloon nut since the 1973 World Championships, which I had the
pleasure of attending at the impressionable age of five. From the earliest days of this site, in the spring of 2004, I've been overwhelmed by the kindness,
encouragement and generosity displayed by the pilots, crew, builders
and enthusiasts who have taken the time to look around here and write
me. I am grateful for every e-mail
that's been written, every image that's been sent, and every new friend
Perhaps even more, I'm grateful that I had to
change this paragraph. I used to mention that I'd never flown in
a balloon, but I can no longer say that. A gentleman by the name of Don
Boyer saw this site, contacted me, and asked if I'd like to crew one
morning. That morning was June 13, 2004, and not only did I get to crew
(I was on throat), Don took me up for my first-ever free flight (save
for a late-'70s hop across the Fiesta field in a Piccard called
"Tejas"). Don flies an Aerostar RX-8 called "
which will, of course, forever occupy a special place in my heart.
Thanks, Don, and thanks to the terrific people who crew for AirRageous.
I learned a lot, and had a blast!
This site has
been immensely rewarding, and even though I don't have a fraction of the time to work on it that I had
when I started it, I'm in it for the long haul. I'm doing it for many reasons, but mostly out of
gratitude to the ballooning community for many years of beautiful skies.