August 5, 2010 - Captain Robert Meyer- WWII Glider Pilot Adventures
Captain Robert Meyer United States Army Air Corps Retired.
Captain Robert Meyer was one of 6500 WWII glider pilots and one of only twelve that made all of the airborne landings to include Normandy, South France, Holland and the Rhine landing.
Of the 1300 gliders that went into Holland the only plane that did not have a co-pilot was Captain Meyers' his cargo of land mines was deemed too dangerous to risk the lives of two much needed pilots.
Many considered the glider missions to be suicide, hear first hand what it was like to come down at night without the possibility of a go around.
When the line was disconnected from the C-47, there was no turning back.
Flyabout is the heartfelt, personal story of a young woman who gets a pilotís license and inspires her father to do the same.
Together with him, she follows her dream to fly a plane around the continent of Australia.
Her introduction to the Aboriginal Walkabout brings on the realization that piloting the plane wonít be the hardest part of the trip.
Flyabout tells the autobiographical story of Monika Petrillo's journey piloting a small single-engine airplane around the continent of Australia.
Her father, a pilot with limited experience himself, is riding shotgun.
As the only woman pilot in a group of eleven people, Monika sets out to experience the true freedom of flight above one of the most untouched places on earth.
The idea of the Walkabout, a spiritual journey Aborigines have valued for thousands of years, further inspires her to seek an elusive spiritual experience herself.
However, a tight schedule, mechanical failures, sudden loss of visibility and unpredictable crosswinds keep her both too busy and too uptight.
But what impacts her most is the unexpected conflict that arises between her father and herself.
Born in Munich, Germany, Monika Petrillo moved to the United States in 1991 and has established herself as a highly respected and acclaimed script supervisor in the industry.
She has worked alongside directors such as Robert Rodriguez, Richard Linklater, Hal Hartley, Wolfgang Petersen, George Hickenlooper, and Tony Bui.
Her personal and professional travels have taken her to far-flung destinations like Namibia, Japan, Costa Rica and Vietnam.
A life-long adventurer Monika earned her pilotís license at age 24 and soon thereafter set out to fulfill a dream of flying around Australia.
Working as writer, director, DP, editor and producer, Flyabout marks her directorial debut.
August 19, 2010 - Charles T. De Spain - D-Day 6 of June, 1944 A Talk of My Remembrances: Before - During - After
After being drafted into the service, Charles De Spain spent two years training in England for the upcoming invasion of France.
On June 6th 1944, D-Day, Charles landed on Omaha Beach.
Listen to his first hand accounts of what it was like to battle through France, Belgium, The Netherlands, and Germany.
August 26, 2010 - Ladies Night -
Jim Dorsey, Pierre Odier, Alan Feldstein, and Michael Gwaltney - The Voodoo Trail
In October of 2009, Jim Dorsey, # 1081, Pierre Odier, # 988, Alan Feldstein, # 1094, and Michael Gwaltney, # 1128, made a treacherous expedition through Togo, Benin, and Burkina Faso, West Africa, to document Voodoo.
They began in the fetish markets of Lome, Togo,
then journeyed into the bush to witness animal sacrifices, sacrificial dances, mask dances, visit voodoo houses,
and spent time with many shamans, voodoo priests, witch doctors, and soothsayers.
Along the way they had audiences with two different kings, and went for a ride with one of them in his aging 66 Nissan.
Voodoo is an established religion dating back almost 6000 years, and is the official religion of West Africa with 60% of its people being practitioners.
Tonights presentation will take you into the heart of ancient Africa to visit many different tribes that are barely out of the stone age.
They will take you into these villages to meet the people and see how voodoo is alive and thriving today.