Saturday, November 14, 2009

Mystery Person

Who is the man standing beside Coolidge?

15 comments:

  1. Wow, that was a record time for a win.

    I am shocked!

    Do people know about Eddie Rickebacher?

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  2. I have to assume a lot of people are familiar with Rickenbacher. He was America's most famous aviator until Lindy showed up on the scene. He was a WWl flying ace,as well.

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  3. +JMJ+

    My kids have read books on Rickebacher.
    Coolidge is so cool. Great photo!

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  4. We've heard about him.

    Around the time of this photo, he bought a plot of land near here called the 'Indianapolis Motor Speedway' and he owned it up until the end of WWII.

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  5. Next question is, who is the youngster on the other side? Did Rickenbacher have a son?

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  6. He was also the first President of Eastern Airlines and kept that job until the early 1960s. Did a lot to popularize commercial passenger aviation. Was thought dead in a crash sometime in the early 1940s and was ultimately found alive with his companions in an inflatable life raft. But, to put it mildly, he was not much of a social or political liberal.Jim

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  7. I read a bio of Rickenbacher when I was in the 5th grade. It wasn't in the curriculum, I found a biography at the library. It was a big thick book, I didn't make it all the way through.

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  8. Never heard of him but seems like a cool guy.

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  9. Wasn't Rickenbacher the one who shot down the German Red Baron?

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  10. Rickenbacher did NOT should down von Richtoffen aka Red Baron. The Red Baron was shot down by a Brit
    I met Rickenbacher when he was touring to sell his autobiography. He was doing a book signing tour

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  11. It took all of two seconds to use Google images and find "Coolidge model airplane" at Gettyimages.com.

    14th September 1925: American Lieutenant and aviator Eddie Rickenbacker (1890 - 1973) (2nd from R) shows U.S. president Calvin Coolidge (1872 - 1933) (C) a model airplane on the grounds of the White House, Washington, D.C. Rickenbacker had extended an invitation to the president to attend the New York Air Races. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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  12. Great Picture! This is one of my favorite old videos of Arthur Godfrey talking with Eddie Rickenbacher starting at the 5:30 mark on this youtube video. Another aviation legend is in here too Captain Merrill, one of Eddie's closest confidantes.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6VfkKjlhXs

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  13. In Columbus, Ohio there is an air national guard based called Rickenbacker after him.

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