The Dayton launch of David McCullough’s new book, The Wright Brothers, took place last night at Kettering Middle School. If you weren’t there, you missed a great event!
After a great introduction by Amanda Wright Lane, great grandniece of the Wright Brothers, David McCullough entertained, enlightened, and inspired the over 800 people in attendance. He talked of the Wrights’ strength of character, their integrity, their ability to express their ideas and thoughts in letters and diaries, their upbringing, and their perseverance. He reminded us of the risk they took each time they flew and how they never gave up. He asserted their hero status and the fact that they invented the airplane in Dayton, Ohio. And he closed his talk by singing “Blue Skies” to a standing ovation.
Archivist John Armstrong and I were privileged to work with David and his research assistant, Mike Hill, when they visited the archives last year. Being an archivist and sharing the treasures we have with people from all over the world, getting to know them, and calling them friends, is one of the best things about what we do.