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Sunday, February 6. 2011
A Great Story (1973)
(Max Lucado, In The Eye of the Storm, pp.221, 225-226)
According to Rickenbacker, each person on the rafts converted to Christianity after the experience.
PS: By 1910, Rickenbacker was racing cars. Touted as the first man to drive a mile a minute, he received the sobriquet "Fast Eddie" (giving rise to a nickname borne by many men named Edward since his time). Eddie raced in the 1912, 1914, 1915 and 1916 Indianapolis 500. His only finish in the race was in 1914 when he finished 10th. In the other three races, he did not finish due to car failure. Notably, in the 1916 race, he started on the front row in 2nd place. Eddie was also an Ace in WW I with 22 enemy planes to his credit and started Eastern Airlines back in the 30's. Eddie left us back in 1973, but he was a pilot in two wars, an Ace, and received the Medal of Honor. He was also on the overseas air mail stamp some years ago. And he never forgot his debt.....
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I searched the net for references to "Captain Eddy Ricketyback," which is what Al Capp named one of his characters in his Lil' Abner comic strip. One of the first hits was in Wikipedia. Wiki has an interesting piece of information about Rickenbacker.
Rickenbacker was adamantly opposed to President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal policies, seeing them as little better than socialism. For this, he drew criticism and ire from the press and the Roosevelt administration, which ordered NBC Radio not to allow him to broadcast opinions critical of Roosevelt's policies after Rickenbacker had harshly denounced the president's decision to rescind existing mail contracts in 1934 and have Army Air Corps pilots carry the air mail. At the time, Rickenbacker was vice president of one of the companies affected, Eastern Air Transport. When a number of inexperienced, undertrained army pilots were killed in crashes soon afterward, Rickenbacker stated, "That's legalized murder!"
There are definitely parallels with today.
Though I believe Barney Oldfield was the first man to break the one minute mile in 1903.
What a great story! I can't help but "drop a name here". I have a copy of his Autobiography with a card in it inscribed to me. My father asked for it for me as he was a big fan. He was a trustee of and sent his sons to the high school my dad and I went to so there was also a connection.
A true American hero.
Ran into him (literally, I was headed to the lady's room) in 1968 or 69. Administrative side of the airport. He was on a cane and very polite had a smile on his face when he realized this sweet young thing was headed to the girl's room!
Believe he also started a car company in the Twenties, which sold the "Rickenbacker." Think it went under about the time of the Depression, like a lot of other auto manufacturers.
Back in the 1950s, I dated a guy who was a race car driver. He learned his skills in dirt track racing, and then joined Rickenbacker's Thrill Circus [very rebel without a cause, this guy]. Glenn [the guy in question] told me that the first trick the new hires were taught was to jump off the back of a car going seventy miles an hour. When I suggested that he might be embroidering the truth, he commandeered one of the race cars and its driver and asked him to drive seventy, with Glenn on the back of the car. Glenn mounted the back of the car, his Leica camera still around his neck and when the car reached seventy, he dropped, rolling, off the back. Afterward, he got up smiling, his camera still intact.
I was in awe. Still am. It would have been the death of me.
He was a cousin of the Rickenbacker who started the electric guitar company
He was the top scoring American ace in WWI. He was assigned as General Pershing's chauffer. He had never flown and was over the army's guide line at 25 years old but he managed to pull some strings and get in to combat.
I found it interesting in reading his autobiography that he changed his name from the original "Richenbacher" to the Americanized "Rickenbacker". He wasn't given a middle name when born, so he picked one himself based on how his initials looked...he thought "EVR" looked so, so he picked "Vernon".
Wonderful!! I love the stories/trips/poems I get from Maggie's Farm.
I recall reading the story of Captain Rickenbacker's experience in the raft in iirc, junior high school. One of the members of his crew had an annucleated eye, that is, the impact of the crash knocked an eye out of its socket, so this crewman was in pain. As I recall, they kept the eye covered and ultimately saved it.
While the events in the Pacific are without question I am skeptical about the "feeding the seagulls every Friday" part. He says nothing about that in his autobiography.
The story about the plane crash and the seagull is true and, as indicated in the eRumor, is an excerpt from a book by popular minister and inspirational author Max Lucado. The book is titled "In the Eye of the Storm."
This tells me the part about him feeding the seagulls is suspect. Often inspirational ministers exaggerate, embellish and extend the truth to make their stories more exciting.