enjoyed the US Award Ceremony at the National Air and
Space Museum in Washington, sharing the limelight with
Shuttle Astronauts and other world record holders.
Jonathan and I receive our US National and World speed record
certifi cates from the chairman of the National Aeronautic Association
at the Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
One of the aspects of friendship is that most of us live lives
which are too busy for us to have as much frequent contact
with our friends as we would like to have. That is when a
birthday becomes an important event in our lives. A birthday
is an event. I am too old to want to receive birthday presents.
I am at the stage where I want to give things away, but let
me tell you about one birthday, some years ago. The birthday
was my 80
My daughter, Jennifer, was a new Foreign Service Offi cer
taking an Italian class and other orientation at the U.S. State
Department in Washington, D.C. in preparation for posting
to the U.S. Consulate in Milan, Italy. Digression: She had