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Monday, April 22, 2013

A Walk Into The Past

We began our Spring walk at Carillon Historical Park. The park invites you to 

sample Dayton’s rich heritage of creativity and invention! Founded by

 Colonel Edward and Edith Deeds, the Park is situated on a beautiful 65-acre

 tact of land between the Great Miami River and a glacial moraine.

The Park immerses you in the region's history - from Dayton's founding

 in 1796 through two centuries of expansion, industrialism and innovation.

Learn about these revolutionary achievements while strolling through the

 Park's 25 historical buildings and interacting with the hundreds

 of artifacts in our exhibits.

Where else can you see the original 1905 Wright Flyer III, the world's first

practical airplane and National Historic Landmark, 

the 1835 B&O (Grasshopper)

 steam locomotive, and the first automobile self-starter?

The William Morris House - 1815 stone cottage built in what is now

 Centerville (a suburb of Dayton).

Newcom Tavern, also known as the "Old Cabin", is a historic structure in

 Dayton, Ohio. It was built in 1796 by Colonel George Newcom, 

one of the first settlers in Dayton. The Newcom Tavern, was

 the first structure in the Dayton area. 
The size of the cabin was doubled two years after it was built and it 

served as Dayton's first school, first church, courthouse, council chamber

 and store. It was best known as a crossroads tavern.

The Carillon...The park is named for the 151-foot-tall  Deeds Carillon. 
The carillon tower was built in 1942.
Today, with 57 bells, the carillon is Ohio’s largest.
Carillon Park refurbished the carillon in 1988, converting it 
from an electric keyboard controlled instrument to a traditional, 
baton-keyboard mechanical carillon. It is one of the gems of Dayton!

We then headed to Oakwood, just a stone's throw from Dayton, to walk around Hawthorne Hill.

Hawthorn Hill, the Oakwood mansion that Orville Wright called home for nearly 35 years,
The building itself has had a long and colorful history of hosting distinguished visitors. Charles A. Lindbergh,

 internationally acclaimed for his 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean, was invited to visit in June of that

 year on his return flight home to St. Louis. During his visit with Orville, throngs of people gathered on the 

lawns of the house, hoping for an impromptu view of this newest American hero. The unruly crowd

 dispersed only after Lindbergh and Orville appeared together on the front portico balcony for a few short 

minutes. Several years later, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and former Ohio Governor James

 Middleton Cox stopped at Hawthorn Hill to pick up Orville for a joint visit to Wright Field.
Even after Orville’s death in 1948, the mansion continued to welcome individuals from across the country 

and around the world. When efforts to find an individual to purchase the home failed, the executors of 

Orville’s estate listed the property on the real estate market. The National Cash Register Company, at the

 direction of executives Colonel Edward Deeds and Stanley Allyn, decided to purchase the property on the

 very day that the “For Sale” sign was placed in the yard. NCR meticulously cared for the home during its 

nearly 60 years of service as a corporate guest house. The company returned the property to the Wright

 family in 2006. Now the grand home is available for tours and open to anyone!

I hope you have enjoyed our little walk today and learned a bit about 
the history of my hometown!

Susie Q

Monday, April 15, 2013

Hanging With "Goose"

A first-of-its-kind aviation film festival marked grand reopening of the giant-screen theater of the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, here in Dayton, Ohio, last weekend!
The First Annual Reel Stuff of Aviation film festival offered an assortment of 
feature films, documentaries, and broadcast programming—each presented
 by a filmmaker or
 historian connected with the production.
The 400-seat theater has been closed while undergoing an $800,000
 renovation project to provide the latest digital projection technology.
What a delight to experience these films in the new state-of-the-art theater
featuring a digital image projection system, an amped up 7.1 surround
 sound system with 20 speakers, and a towering new six-story screen
 The festival was it's "Grand Re-Opening" and it was a wow! 
Tickets were sold out for all the events and we were  lucky to be a part of it!

The events were hosted by Reel Stuff founder and director, Ron Kaplan,
Mr. Kaplan is past executive director of the National Aviation Hall of Fame, 
a columnist for Pilot Magazine and Warbird Digest Magazine, and provides
 research and on-camera services to aviation film and media productions.

A digitally remastered version of Wings, the late William Wellman’s 1927 silent
 classic and the first film to win an Oscar for Best Picture,was screened
 and presented by Wellman’s son, actor, and historian William Wellman Jr.
Paramount Pictures’ Top Gun 3D  was screened and presented by the film’s aerial
 cinematographer, Clay Lacy, Dr. Barry Sandrew PhD of Legend3D, which converted
 the 1986 film into its high-definition, giant-screen 3-D format and award
 winning actor Anthony Edwards who played Navy REO  "Goose" in the film.

Mr. Clay Lacy, award winning aerial cinematographer.

Sunday's screening of "Top Gun" also featured retired Navy Capt. Robert L.
 "Hoot" Gibson, a former "Top Gun" fighter pilot and retired five-time Shuttle astronaut. 

Producer Catherine Wyler presented her 1990 
Warner Brothers film Memphis Belle and the documentary with the same name
 that was produced during World War II by her late father, Oscar-winning
 director William Wyler.
It’s appropriate to the local festival because the original Memphis
 Belle B-17 Flying Fortress featured in Wyler’s  film is 
currently undergoing restoration at the museum.

On Saturday evening, another sell out crowd got to experience the film "Top Gun"
in 3D and also hear actor Anthony Edwards share memories
of making the film. I myself always preferred "Goose" over Tom Cruise's Maverick so
what fun to be up close and personal with the man himself! He was funny, interesting and
a joy to hear speak.

Mr. Edwards and Dr. Sandrew

Mr. Kaplan and Mr. Edwards

Among documentaries and other special presentations will be
 THE RESTORERS, the pilot episode of a public television series
 presented by director Adam White and producer Kara Martinelli; a re-mastered 
episode of the original Milton Caniff STEVE CANYON television series, 
presented by producer and film restorer John Ellis; and AIR RACERS 3D,
 the first giant screen format film to focus on the famed Reno Air Races, 
presented by director/writer Christian Fry. 

What a joy for all of us who are lovers of all things military aviation!

We are already excited about NEXT year!

Stay well!

Susie Q