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Inspiration For You Old Farts: “It’s Never Too Late to Have a Happy Childhood”

I’ll never forget the first time I saw Eves Tall Chief (we all call him just “Chief”) fly hang gliders in the mid-90s. It was at Ed Levin Park in Milpitas, CA. I was just a student at the time. He always liked to put on a show as he’s setting up to land—with a round of mild aerobatics like “wangs” & wingovers.

Later, after learning what I was doing, I got to share the ridge with him at Ft. Funston just south of San Francisco many times. He’s always a smiling and infectious joy to be around—chalk it up to his insatiable enthusiasm for life.

Check it out. He was featured in a Sutter Health commercial you may have seen on TV. One of the others in the video, Tim West, was a fellow student with me way back then.

Looks like the “mechanics of medicine” are the usual suspects and culprits, again.

Oh, one more thing. Chief has a bumper sticker on the back of his truck that always gives me a grin: “Indians Discovered America.” I guess that makes us all “illegal aliens.”

Update: Here’s a news story on the whole deal. As for flying Yosemite, Eves has launched from Glacier Point over 300 times. Far more than anyone else.

Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More

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