Hi Prime Timers, Happy February! I’m writing my Ramblings on Super Bowl Sunday afternoon, watching the long afternoon shadows move across the freshly fallen snow. Just a few more months and we will start to see the signs of Spring occurring. . .
My wife Deb and I started the month off with an interview of Fredric Arnold. Mr. Arnold is a 93 year old WWII fighter pilot. We were drawn to his story after hearing about his sculpture that has been making its way around Colorado. We met with Mr. Arnold and his lovely wife of 68 years Natalie and their son Marc at their home.
It took about five minutes before I realized what a great man I was talking to. He entered the war with 14 fellow fighters. Only two came out of the war. The two survivors made a pact. The last survivor would do something to remember the others.
A few years ago he got a call, his friend was dying. He traveled to California to be by his side. He told his buddy he didn’t know what to do to honor their fallen friends. His friend told him to open a bottle of wine and make a toast.
Well, that didn’t sit well with Mr. Arnold who had thoughts of something on a grander scale. After a while he decided to do a life size sculpture depicting the 14 airmen he flew with. It is an unbelievable undertaking and the task is nearing its end. All 14 airmen are completed, awaiting bronzing. When the work is completed they will be housed in the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. An honor it so rightly deserves. The cost will be a little north of $800,000 by the time everything is completed and the sculptures are finally resting in place in their new home.
We have a story in this months paper telling more about the project.
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