Jerrie Mock Luncheon at The Works Museum · · PAGE 21.
June 18, 2016: I was last to get up to the
private meeting room for lunch. This are family members, friends, and invited guests.
Stories are being exchanged at lunch.
Art is a major story contributor and makes a toast for all of us here today.
On the other side of the table are the actress Suzy Brack (still in character
as Jerrie Mock), Rita Mock (the only one smiling for the camera), and her mother Nancy
Susan Reid and Ruth Jacobs sit near the head of the table. It is during
the luncheon meeting that Ruth asks me the question "Can you create Google Earth
flights for my 1996 seven-continent flight around the world trip?" I gave her the
basic information I would need. She has provided that information via email and we
have discussed the additional information that would be needed for accurate depictions of
each flight segment. Take off and landing times, not just flight duration add to the
adventure. I reminded her of Jerrie Mock's flight from Bermuda to the Azores and the
dormant volcano she spotted poking up through a layer of clouds at sunrise when she had
more than 200 miles remaining to Santa Maria island. It was the accurate takeoff
time from Bermuda and the landing time at Santa Maria that insured I could create those
visuals in a Google Earth flying tour.
After lunch we had some book signing by the historic members for those of us
who came along recently. Wendy is smiling since she publishes these books. Art
Weiner chats with Bob Blanton. Bob is the son of the man who built the long-range
fuel tanks for 38 Charlie. Bob signed my 50th Anniversary copy of Jerrie's book
"Three-Eight Charlie" at the bottom of page 2. His father is in the photo
at the top of page 2 helping Jerrie to put on her life vest just before takeoff from
Columbus. Jerrie mentions Captain Art Weiner near the bottom of page 9 in the book
as she departs Columbus and opens the first of her strip jet navigation charts he provided
for her journey.
Before leaving the museum, I had Susan Reid stand next to her sister's
life-sized black and white image. Unfortunately, my flash bounced off the flat image
and I did not notice it until much later.
I worked some digital magic today (July 3, 2016) to produce this updated image
in full color. I was talking to Susan the other night on the phone and asked about
how tall they were in 1964 when this color image of Jerrie was taken just before the
departure from Columbus. Susan was about an inch taller than her sister
Jerrie. I placed Jerrie's image in the same spot as the B&W image seen above. I
also erased any part of the B&W image by replacing it with carpet and other back
ground previously unseen in the image above. Who knows, maybe The Works Museum can
get a new COLOR version of Jerrie to stand by this airplane.
I mentioned Marcia Downes husband earlier. Here is Jonathan Downes photo
as promised in the exhibit space. He is well over six feet tall and was very helpful
putting the wings on the airplane when it was assembled. Here he is taking a cell
phone photo for a young boy in the airplane with only the top of his head visible to my
camera. It was a good day at the museum.
At the end of Saturday at the museum, Ruth took this photo of Nancy Mock
(Rita's mom), Art Weiner, and Suzy Brack still in wig and costume as Jerrie Mock.
Wendy organized a Saturday night dinner at "The Old Bag of Nails"
restaurant here in Newark, Ohio. Ruth Jacobs took a couple of photos as Art Weiner
checks the restaurant menu. Bob Blanton and his wife June are in a conversation with
publisher Wendy Hollinger in this photo.
On the other side of the table, I sit with Susan Reid and Ginger Merrill, one
of the people who honored the wishes of Jerrie Mock to have her ashes spread over the Gulf
of Mexico. This online web article has the details of that day:
Dick Merrill (left) is the owner and pilot of a Cessna 180 that is painted
exactly like Jerrie Mock's airplane N1538C, AKA "38 Charlie". Dale
Ratcliff is the guy who procured the replica Cessna for the exhibit. He is a close
friend of Wendy.
Here is the last image I received from Ruth Jacobs pictured with Susan Reid,
the younger sister of Jerrie Mock.
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