Sunday, March 18, 2012

* Nostalgic Sundays *

Time for another Nostalgic Sunday
In my last *Nostalgic Sunday* post, on March 4th, I mentioned buying something on Ebay that pertained to Parks College. (My dad was a student and then a professor at Parks in the late 1940s to the early 1960s.) I also said I couldn't get the pictures from Ebay to copy well onto my blog and that you'd just have to wait until I received it to see pictures.....Well....Ta Dahhhh......
It's a hardcover journal, approximately 8" x 11", made by a young man who was interested in going to Parks College......around 1931!

 When I look through this book, I know I'm touching something special. Something that meant a great deal to a young man who was trying to decide what he wanted to do with his life.

I'm fairly certain this was a class assignment, most likely for a high school senior. He wrote about the advantages and disadvantages of choosing aviation as his "life's work." There is a total of 39 pages, the last sentence in his Preface is this: The success of this book is due to Miss ______ who is our teacher and guide.

I'm keeping both the student's and teacher's names anonymous. I feel as if I need to guard their identity, as if they were part of my own family.

 He glued newspaper clippings in it.

There's a booklet of tuition prices which includes "Parks Flying School" and "Airplane and Engine Mechanics' Course."
There are quite a few pages of hand printed information about the history of aviation, including the Wright Brothers and Charles Lindbergh.

(you can click on the photos to enlarge them)

I'll definitely ask a friend who works in the Parks' archives department if he can find out anything about this man. I truly hope he was able to fulfill his dream!

*And welcome to my newest follower, Belleu80, I hope you'll stop by often and always enjoy what you read and see. Thank you!*

"The engine is the heart of an aeroplane, but the pilot is its soul." -- Unknown