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By Alan Bristow, Patrick Malone

Alan Bristow, founding father of Bristow Helicopters, died on April 26, 2009, seven days after finishing his autobiography. He was once a really outstanding guy; his full-page obituary used to be released within the occasions and The day-by-day Telegraph. As a service provider army officer cadet through the conflict Bristow survived sinkings, performed a component within the evacuation of Rangoon and used to be credited with capturing down Stukas in North Africa. He joined the Fleet Air Arm and knowledgeable as one of many first British helicopter pilots, he was once the 1st guy to land a helicopter on a battleship and have become Westland's first helicopter attempt pilot. Sacked for knocking out the revenues supervisor, he flew in France, Holland, Algeria, Senegal and in different places, narrowly escaping many helicopter crashes sooner than successful the Croix de Guerre evacuating wounded French squaddies in Indochina. For 4 years he flew for Aristotle Onassis's pirate whaling fleet in Antarctica sooner than becoming a member of Douglas Bader and supplying help companies to grease drillers within the Persian Gulf. Out of that grew Bristow Helicopters Ltd, the most important helicopter corporation on the planet outdoor America.

Bristow's circle incorporated the nice helicopter pioneers corresponding to Igor Sikorsky and Stan Hiller, try pilots like Harold Penrose and invoice Waterton, Sheiks and Shahs and political leaders, company giants like Lord Cayzer and Freddie Laker – with whom he tossed a coin for £67,000 in 1969 – and the writer James Clavell, a lifelong buddy whose ebook 'Whirlwind' was once a fictionalized account of Bristow's in a single day evacuation of his humans and helicopters from progressive Iran. Bristow represented nice Britain at 4 in hand carriage using with the Duke of Edinburgh and prompted the 'Westland Affair' whilst he made a takeover bid which finally ended in the resignation of Michael Heseltine and Leon Brittain, and virtually to the downfall of Margaret Thatcher.

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Good news: I had my first job. And Dad falls off the roof again. A lot of guys recall having to help their fathers fix things around the house or work on the family jalopy. Having to hold the light - never in the right place. Fetch the tools. Bear the brunt of their fathers' frustration with projects not going well. I had that experience too, but it was trivial compared to the yearly horror show we called: putting up the Christmas lights. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 5,800 people were treated in emergency rooms during the 2003 holiday season, from injuries sustained while putting up outdoor Christmas lights, as well as decorating trees indoors.

Later. " A man may not remember the day or month or even the year he met his wife, may not remember old girlfriends' names. Forget all sorts of things about people. But he can recall every car and every detail about every car, and the distance of time breeds nostalgiC fondness for the cars of the past, the cars of our youth. Especially the first car. I even remember the little white plastic doohickey on the keyring, imprinted in faded gold lettering, advertising a tavern that was out of business.

Me immediately parking myself next to the dog. Perfect! Once the Flintstones ended, Richard decided the fancy food was unfit for man nor beast, and convinced my father to go to Kentucky Fried Chicken CHILDHOOD MEMOhIES 35 and bring back a bucket of chicken. While the high falutin' party went on around him, we sat on his little island, ate chicken and watched Tv. Perfect! Dad's Playboy magazines If most guys my age are honest, they remember the Playmates from their fathers' Playboy Magazines. I do.

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