The Time Line


The Failure                 In reporting his dispatch to Texas in November, 1941, and in reporting his failure as a test pilot, Herb failed to pay attention to the time line when these historic events occurred. The dispatch to Texas at the beginning of World War II was actually Herb’s birth announcement. The end of his career as a test pilot takes a little more explaining.

A black car came barreling down the runway, blaring its horn, cut between the tow craft & the XSP, and rolled over the tow line. The tow line snapped. Words cannot convey how horrible the next few moments were. Herb can only leave them to your imagination. The XSP never flew. The design company closed its doors. Herb never piloted another prototype aircraft.

When the black car had come to a full stop, a lady stepped onto the runway and announced, “No 5-year-old son of mine is going to pilot a glider, designed and built by a 13-year-old cousin and pulled down a gravel road by a farm tractor.”

The Lesson                  Herb learned that people have preconceived ideas before they start to read something or to listen to someone. Often they jump to the wrong conclusion when the truth is told.

The Success                When writing or speaking to a group, Herb is careful about the order in which he reveals facts. This has made him a convincing writer and speaker while misdirecting his audience.


Author: Herb

In January, 2010, I left corporate America, and now I have my own business. Since I have never been able to focus on one item (Does that make me a scatter brain?), I divided my company into three divisions: Kayak guiding and instructing - specializing in nature kayaking, Building materials consultant - specializing in cements and forensics, and Writing - Stories w/ life lessons and construction books that are fun to read. Published books: The Stucco Book - The Basics, Animals I Have Hated, Grandpa, Help! Answers to Questions a Young Lady Would Never Ask Her Parents, Grandpa Helps Grandparents, Living with Cancer – That Intense Houseguest, Homes for Jubilee (June, 2016), and Kay pou Jubilee (in Haitian Creole) (August, 2016). Forthcoming Books: The Adhered Concrete Masonry Veneer Book, The Stucco Book - Forensics and Repairs, and Failing My Way to Success.

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