A message from Mart Gleason
I wish to thank Andy for his kind words about me. You all have no idea how much I have enjoyed being associated with you. amd the pleasure I have so often received from our many conversations, all of which I am going to miss very much. I would just like to correct any misconceptions Andy may have unknowingly conveyed to you. Regarding the quarter donations- I have just retired from working as a
Funeral Director for the past 52 yrs. I want to assure you that the quarters never came in any manner shape or form by any stretch of the
imagination from the family business. Whenever I went shopping, I always used dollar bills, no matter how little the merchandise cost. Hence, I accumulated quite a bit of change(quarters). That is where they came from. Each year I have to undergo complete blood work up and a treadmill stress test of about 12 min. in order to maintain my medical. The last 3 min, I end up going like a bat out of hell. On March 27 of this year I underwent a complete knee replacement-the most painful thing I ever had to undergo. I now get around a little faster than a snail. I could never pass that stress test. I would never quit flying or our beautiful North East Chapter just because I retired. Both Rico Cannone and Steve Sevits have offered me rides to our fly ins, but I graciously declined on the grounds that it was like dangling a piece of candy to a diabetic child. There is no sense in prolonging the agony. I thank you for your concern, including Mike Hirsch (I still haven't found the book you suggested Mike). I wish you all the best of good health, safe flying, happy and a peaceful hollidays, and a wonderful and prosperous New Year. If you are ever near Mahwah, N.J., the address is 115 E.Crescent Ave.(512-0355), please look me up and come over. Thank you again, and I hope I haven't bored you too much.