Happy Birthday, Ron!


He was 8 years old when I took this picture, now he’s turning 47 this week. Our ’72 Ford pickup’s gone; Larry Hicks won his District Attorney race (the bumper sticker in the back window!), the binoculars sitting on the water cooler just out of view, still work, as does the VHF aircraft radio sitting on the roof

Ron was illegal as hell out where this was taken, at the Home Pylon of the air races where I was the flagman for 28 years (as he got older – and bigger – he gave me a hand. As did his younger brother Brent). The FAA turned their heads when he sat in the truck, all day, at the races, surely the best seat in the house

He’s in San Francisco now with wife Amy, daughter Jackie (14) and son Andy (12 yesterday). Happy Birthday, Ron!