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Gary Welton
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Gary Wirt
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July 30, 1944 Retired pilot (FAA) Married 2
Retired from flying (and managing FAA flight operations) 11 years ago...but still working at a fun job, summer only, part-time. Still doing some flying. Just returned from Air Venture a few weeks ago (Oshkosh, WI ...a fun, big annual air show for aviation buffs.)

I almost got killed at last year's Reno Air Races (as a spectator, not as a pilot), I was there, in the VIP seating (the impact area) a few minutes before the P-51 crashed into the crowd of people. The experience left me somewhat shaken.

Still married to my first wife...our 40th anniversary is in October. We drive through Yakima a few times per year enroute to/from Seattle to visit our two sons and two granddaughters in the Seattle area. We always stop for a Big Miner burger.

Hard to believe that our high school is being replaced. It was NEW when we were there!

At our IKE Band reunion last summer, the school was in rather poor shape. I had a great time seeing my band buddies (from class of 61-62-63). Didn't have enough time to talk to them all. Didn't even recognize them! What a great band we had. Can you believe we were in Kennedy's inaugural parade? Thanks to Linda Layfield for organizing that special reunion.

I now find it relaxing to play various Chopin & Brahams on my 6' grand piano...as a warm up. The best fun is playing Liszt.  I could not play piano much when I was working (flying). Now that I have the time, I really have fun with Liszt.

This may sound sentimental....however since 1961 (during high school) I have been working on Liszt's D flat Etude 'Un Sospiro'. It is a beautiful work. It takes about 5 minutes 35 seconds...depending on the artist.  I can play it for you within ± 5 seconds of that time, after some 50 years of practice.  I have it memorized, but the music I use as reference is yellowed, teared, and torn, It is rubber stamped  "Kinnear's Music, Cards, & Film, 5 South Third Street , Yakima WA". Cost: 70¢

As  you  you may know, Bill Kinnear (IKE '61), our band Drum Major at Kennedy's inaugural parade, passed away in February 2011,

I am probably not going to make this reunion. Too many irons in the fire. I feel 18, act 18...do I look 18?  Of course.  Just call me the "Silver Fox"

Photo above was taken July 14, 2012 at our younger son's (David) wedding reception at Salty's Restaurant, Alki, West Seattle.

I miss you all, and the fun times we had in '62.

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