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Meet Barry Smith (wasp) WWII "first" Female Pilot


Today I meet Barry Smith... and I was amazed.

Barry Smith (wasp) WWII Female Pilot

Age 91, and still full of vigor and life.

She was here at my school to speak to the children [ our new generation ] about her life, her accomplishments, about being one of the only three hundred surviving First WWII American woman [ female] pilots of an original group of only a little more than 1,000.

She told the students of her struggle to work her way into the interview process of "first women Air Force pilots" and the interesting antics of being a woman pilot in a "man" only world. Being only elementary students only the adults seemed to understand that part of her speak.
She explained how she tested airplanes to insure they were safe for our "men" in the war to fly safely in combat overseas.

She told us about how When her brother told her to try out to be an Air Force pilot, how she had to accrue 35 hours of fly time just to get into the interview. How no one paid her way and money was scarce - she had to walk miles and even hitchhiked in order to get to a secluded airport to get her flying time completed.

* I thought I just had to get more information on her. That this may be the last generation to see a living hero, a survivor of an era that change not only that generation, not only our country, but the entire world. In twenty or forty years when I am old, there will be no one to say I was there [ WWII ]. Like the civil war, WWI it will be something you only read in books [ that schools force people to read, and maybe cut down to a foot note at best ].

How sad I thought, especially considering how this generation X is full of people who care nothing of history and like the saying goes "those who do not learn from history, are doomed to repeat it."

So below is an article of one of our Pioneer First Female WWII pilots. The government and the air force may have wanted to keep it secret, but it's out now and I hope we remember your sacrifices.


AVON PARK — Back in 1942, there were three meanings for WASP. In addition to the stinging insects and White Anglo Saxon Protestants, there were Women's Airforce Service Pilots.

But that name is something of a misnomer, said Barry Smith. Actually, so is her name. She was born Mabelle Vincent.

"I always hated that name," said Smith, "so a friend of mine named me Barry, after a male character in a book."

Now, about those WASPs. When World War II broke out in 1941, Barry's brothers, Art and George Vincent, were among the first to enlist, said Smith, sitting in the aviation room of her home, which overlooks the shores of Lake Denton. Both became pilots.

"George flew over Japan in between the first atom bomb and the second atom bomb," said Smith.

George did little sis a favor. Knowing she was the kind of girl who would respond to a challenge, he called and advised her to get pilot training. At the time, she was 22 and making $25 a week at the Syracuse, N.Y. telephone company office. The Air Corps would be taking women, George said, but only pilots with at least 35 hours in the air.

"I never had a second thought. I never asked anyone if I could do it. I just did it," said Smith.

Back then, it was safe for girls to hitch hike, so she bummed rides to the local airfield and enrolled in flight training. Eight lessons later – at $14 a week, paid out of that $25 a week salary – she soloed. By July 1943, she finished her civilian training.

By then, Pensacola-born Jacqueline Cochran, a pioneer pilot, had convinced the Army Air Corps that they needed to train women to fly. She organized and commanded the WASPS. Barry Vincent was one of 25,000 women interviewed in New York, and she was among the 1,830 accepted.

She was also among the 1,074 to complete WASP training and earn her wings. Brother George flew over to pin the wings on her chest.

Reporting For Duty

So she went to work, arrived at her Texas duty station, and found her commanding officer in a hangar.

"Reporting for duty, sir." She snapped a salute.

"Jesus Christ," he answered. "No sir. Barry Vincent," she said. But she called him Capt. Jesus Christ after that, said Smith, now 88, is still irreverent after all these years.

Since America wasn't in World War II at first, WASPs were sent to England as ferry pilots, they flew fighters and bombers from American factories to European military bases, where the men took over and fought the war.

Vincent's job was to test planes. She was rated for multi-engines, so she flew everything from open cockpit bi-planes left over from World War I to the AT10, a trainer.

By the time the WASPs disbanded in 1944, more than 40,000 Air WACs served at air bases in the United States and in other parts of the world.

In 1948, women became a permanent part of the armed forces. Women in the Air Force became known as WAFs, but the Air Force dropped that term in the 1970s. Now, both women and men are known as airman and about 17 percent of Air Force military personnel are women.

Today

As for Smith, after the war, she never flew again as a pilot.

"Nobody would hire us," she said. Oh, Delta offered jobs as stewardesses. "We told them, we can fly anything you've got." That's true. According to archives at Texas Women's University, WASPS flew every aircraft, even the heavy bombers.

The rest of the story, for Smith, was that while visiting her mother in Sebring, she found her old flame, Lester Smith, who was an island fighter with the Marines in the Pacific. After Japan surrendered, Lester went to work for Smith Corona Typewriter Company, and they had four children. One, David, joined the Air Force and became an F4 Phantom pilot. These days, he flies all over the world for Northwest Airlines.

Lester and Barry moved to Sebring in 1985 to take care of her mother, who owned the Lake Istokpoga ranch that became Spring Lake. The family eventually sold it.

Smith, by the way, is not considered a veteran. The WASPs were civilians.
When they graduated from military training, they asked a general what was their rank.
"Pretend your officers," he instructed. And they did.

WWII femal pilots wasp

In this undated family photograph, Marjorie Ellfeldt Rees, exits an aircraft. Rees, now 87, is one of only 300 surviving WASPs, an acronym for women pilots in World War II



By Gary Pinnell Highlands Today
Published: June 8, 2008

Other sources:
WASP flies through memories as trail-blazing aviator
Aero News Network

Why aren't you Romantic anymore ???

Marriage, it's a wonderful thing.
But it also has a special kind of place if you will.
It is nothing like you see in the movies or Television. It certainly is not like what you see in the commercials. The reality of life as a married couple is more something like this......



It's not that when you get married you stop romanticizing about each other.
It is not that you don't desire each other, after all that’s how we got those darn kids....
It is not that we don't love each other.
The reality of life is that marriage - a true marriage [ a union of two that becomes one ] is so much more than what we fantasize about or is portrayed before us in cinema. The truth about marriage is .....

You know everything about each other.

They snore, they toss in their sleep. Hell, some of them fart in their sleep [ that‘s right I said it - I don‘t do it but I have a family member who does - camping story for another time ]. We see each other do things that single people do, but are too embarrassed to do in front of others. Why do you think single woman eat like a bird on a date but chow down like a horse at home. Do you really believe men don’t blow or in some cases pick their nose in real life. I remember a time when dating meant that you couldn’t even pass gas in front of your date because it was embarrassing. Granted, today’s society is a bit off kilter. Young daters today are more open to being “real” but lets face it. If a guy or a woman went on a date with you and on that first date passed gas, burped and scratched their ass at the dinner table... Would you think: Damn I’m marrying this one.

Lets face it people - marriage is not about Romance, that's for single people or players who want to live the fairy tale. The reality of marriage is knowing that one person so well - that you keep their disgusting habit’s a secret from the rest of the world. So why do people feel like they lost the romance - because they saw some unrealistic movie portraying what fairytale marriage or relationships should be. Wait until your ninety and your wearing adult diapers - where is the romance then…..

Funny Joke: The many faces of Santa Cluase

Ok, I couldn't help it, it's christmas. How can i not make a joke, a cartoon, a silly fopar [ did i spell that right? ].

funny santa joke christmas

It's the best time of the year... Normally I am not into christmas, atleast not for me - you know for the kids. But this year even with all the bad - I am enjoying the spirit of christmas ??? Singing and humming carols. I don't know what is wrong with me - my heart must have grown three sizes....

Veterans Day program @ Flag Pole - Memorial Elementary

This was a very touching moment.
I didn't realize many of my co-workers were veterans. When I saw not only my co-workers and several grandparents and family members of our student body present I was Amazed! It was also nice to see the large group that came to our school program to honor these brave men and woman.

I know this video does nt do them service, or fully portray the program as a whole but I hope you enjoy it.



We take forgrant many of our freedoms. I am not debating weather the war or any war is justifable, if it was money motivated or what not. All I know is that men and woman heard the call and put themselves in the line of duty, in the line of fire, to protect what we seldom cherish - freedom.

If you think all these wars were wrong - remember pearl harbor, remember mass jew graves, realize that other countries still have dictators who kill anyone and everyone that disagrees with them. Remember that while we all may not like some things in our country - we are free to complain, free to protest, free to speek up, free.... say it with me FREE.

The old adage is: those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. And while every war, battle may seem evil, wasteful - imagine if we wait until the enemies of freedom are on your lawn, walking up to your door, takeing you away to torture and kill. Not possible - think 9-11, no one thought that was possible.

Respect the flag, respect the country, argue with the wrong but this "America" is better than anywhere else. Or else why would they be coming here?

Real Blonde Joke at The MALL

funny blonde joke
Ok, it has been awhile but this one was way to good - it is time for a real funny blonde joke. And by "REAL" I mean real. Not a joke but something that truely happened that happened to be funny and invovled a blonde. No, I can not verify her blondeness since it was sort of a bleached blonde kind of color - but she acted like a blonde.

Here we go:

I am working at the Mall for the black friday and christmas season and I am sitting in this kiosk just watching people go by. The mall is not bussy and there is not much to do, so I am just watching people to kill the time. I noticed that this one older blonde has passed by my kiosk several times. She seemed to be looking for something and she is looking at all the stores intensly. So about the fifth time around she stops to scratch her head [ thinking I guess ].

So to be helpful and to break the boredom I asked if I could help. She smiles and says - this sounds stupid but I've been trying to find linda's nail Salon. I smiled and asked her to turn around. The nail solon was right in front of her and with a big bold sign. She turns, takes a look and turns back to me and says: "Is that it?"

I just couldn't help but laugh. Yes maam, that's it. So she replieds. "I guess it's true what they say about blondes..." She thanks me and walks into the salon...

I know, a bit long but I wanted to give you the full account so you can get the full effect. It still makes me laugh.....

funny blonde joke
funny blonde joke

Happy Thanksgiving Video - funny & safe for kids

Happy Holidays - wait, which one is it again????
Oh, it's Thanksgiving !!! Happy Turkey Day.



I created this video for my son, for the kids at my school and for you. I hope you enjoy it, please feel free to comment, share with friends and family.
By all means please facebook, tweet, Digg and do all the Social network things...
Thank you.

Memorial Elementary Mad Science Night ?

Welcome all Mad Scientist.....
Ok, the only mad person was me. I am pretty sure some of our school guest must of thought I was a bit crazy as I went around like a mad paparazzi photographer taking as many pictures as I could.



memorial elementary science fair nightOh, did I mentioned that I would forget to ask if it was ok to take a pic.. After the shutter went click.. "oh, sorry - is it ok to take your photo?" You should have seen me, looking for all the right angles, sneaking up on people to get just the right picture... I was good.

All in all, the School Science night was fun, atleast for me. The funniest thing of the whole night was this one older gentlemen who for some reason or another would not let me take his picture. There he is with his child looking at this wonderful science project and I asked "hey guys let me take your picture?" So the kids pose and he steps back a bit. So I step back to get him in the shot and wait - he steps back again to get out of the shot. I even asked him to get in the shot in front of the science project and his response... was without a word to take one more step back. Wierd, really wierd? Really, I was starting to think that I should secretly take his picture and run it by the FBI, or atleast the sherrif. But no, a co-worker told me who he was and that he is well known at the school.

But again, hope you enjoyed the video because I had a great time with it - but please do tell me what you thought of the science song. I was a bit iffy on it?

What Men are really thinking?


What are men really thinking?
You have to admit, the age old question has gone unanswered for a very long time. But today I let all women around the world, or at least those who read this blog “What men really think about”?

You’ve heard it before - Men are from mars and Women are from Venus. But the truth is that what men are thinking about can be summed up into three categories. The first one is: physical, you know it I know it - do I have to spell it out. The second is: food, that is another given, full stomach makes and keeps a man happy. Why you think men love women who can cook….
The third is the one that has been kept secret from women by their significant others, boyfriend and husband. That secret will now be revealed to all of you today. To soften the blow I will share it with you in the form of a musing cartoon.

what men really think

So now you know.
The truth is out. What your boyfriend, Man, Husband is thinking when he has a smile on his face, and when you ask him, why he says: “Oh, I’m just thinking….” He is thinking of a funny way to make you, that’s right - YOU, make you silent. Hell, that is my politically correct way of saying “silence you for ever”.

Ok, I am sure your thinking impossible, no - bad joke.
But lets face it women - you have the same thought all the time. What? Did you think you were the only one to think about it. You know you have, you know you think about it at least once a day, for some of you, twice a day.

Yes, now that you know - that the reason he is smiling and doesn’t want to share his thoughts with you is because he is thinking about how annoying and stubborn you, yes you are and that when you get in trouble for not listening, for ignoring reason, because you know better - so why not let you drown. Yep, just like you - can you imagine that, man and women are more a-like than you or even I realize or care to admit.

Admit it, when we get lost because we “men” hate to ask for directions - you know your secretly thinking you wish “He” got lost alone and never, ever, ever turned up. Ofcourse we men never notice your thinking this because you hide it so well by complaining about what your man has done to annoy you at the moment.
Well, maybe you don’t hide it so well, you just over-react and men have a habit of tuning you out.....

Would you be mad if Zombies killed your Spouse?

Another apocalyptic "end of the world" zombie disaster comic.
But let's face it, a man and his true love should not be separated.

yuthink zombies wife joke

After watching another great episode of the AMC Television Show “ The Walking Dead “ I had this epiphany . A man and his true love should never be separated. I know for me, if the world came to any end, be it zombies or other crazy event – I cannot live without my cups of coffee. That is correct – cups, not one or two but several cups throughout my day.

I cannot imagine a life wife coffee.

Look, do not judge me or mock me – we all have vices. We all have our daily fixes, needs, hit, that we have to have. Me it’s coffee, for you it could be MTV? But in the end, we need something to make this life simpler, easier, nicer.
Ok, so you were expecting the cartoon to say he couldn’t live without his wife – but it would be funny if you expect it. Now the donuts, that makes you smile – even laugh. Why, because deep down inside we all know that we would do the same if it came down to losing your most needed substance.......

Kill my Zombie Wife Joke...

Yes, that's right! I thought it and I made a cartoon about it.
But it's not what you think... Get my explination below.

zombie joke kill my wife

I love the AMC T.V. show “The Walking Dead” and my wife has always been a fan of Zombie movies. As we watched “The Walking Dead” the question came up - “Would you be able to kill me if I turned into a Zombie?“

So it sounds cruel that I would think that if the world went to pot and we lived in an Apocalyptic end of the world event where Zombies roamed the earth.... “That I would kill my wife“.
Let me explain: The reason I thought this, and trust me - she asked and I did think it.
But, my reasoning is this: In every Zombie movie you have these characters that end up bringing death to the rest of the group because they just do not listen or think. You know, the Zombies are out there so lets walk around without any concern, leave doors open or worst - do something stupid like attract the killer Zombies to us when they were just told to shut up and stay still.
Me personally, I have always thought that every Zombie movie I ever watched left one fact out - that the group, in order to survive - would kill the idiot who would most likely get everyone killed. Ok, they don’t have to kill him/her or them ( there is always more than one ), but the group should at least get rid of them so they can die alone.

So why did I think this about my wife? Because knowing my wife... she would be the one to draw the attention of a hoard of flesh eating hungry Zombies because someone told her to be silent. And the person who told her to be silent... that would have been me. I can see it now, Zombies all around and she starts screaming about how rude it is of me to tell her to “Shut up”. As she rants about how I am not her father and I am no one to tell her to be silent, the Zombies come over, grab her, eat her and Honestly.... I run away.

Tell me you wouldn’t do the same?

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