Where were you on the morning of December 17, 1903? If you had been on the beach at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, at 10:30 a.m., this is what you would have seen:

As for yours truly, that’s too long ago to remember exactly where I was on that date, but wherever I was, I was most likely trying to think what I would write about when I learnt to write right….which brings me to my good friends, the Wright Brothers, who owned a bicycle shop right up the pike from me in Dayton, Ohio (about 50 miles as the crow flies).

In those days, a fifty mile trip was no breeze (not even with a breeze, as a crow knows). The Wright Brothers offered to sell me a bicycle cheap, but, though the price was right, I couldn’t find a crow to take me to Dayton, and they wouldn’t deliver it (the bicycle, that is). So I told them to go fly a kiteplain and simple. Next thing I knew, they were off to Kitty Hawk to fly a light plane — almost, if not exactly, what my directive to them directed. So you see, by rights, I’m at least partly responsible for the first heavier-than-air flight in history, though never given credit. After that slight, needless to say, I no longer considered them friends.

There you have it. The Wrights done me wrong, but am I bitter? No way — not this bird. I’m above that kind of pettinest. As you can plainly sees, I’m just….

As they used to say back in the day, “That’s all she wrote.”



  1. Don Frankel says:

    I read an excellent book on the Wright Brothers. I think it was by McCollough. One of the most amazing things in it was the Wright Brothers go back to Dayton, work on the plane and they’re flying it every day and no one takes much notice of it. It’s not till they pack the plane up take it to Paris and fly it around there that the world takes notice. But I digress. This is about people who have done others wrong and the ramifications there of.

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    • mistermuse says:

      Don, sometimes great minds do indeed think alike — and on the same day, too. Earlier this very morning I placed an order for two books, including David McCullough’s THE WRIGHT BROTHERS which I would have done some time ago, but for procrastination. Also, I was hoping to use the FRANKIE AND JOHNNY song (for the “done him wrong” lyric), but couldn’t fit it in. Great clip!


  2. lexborgia says:

    The ‘cycle’ of life is like that.

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  3. mistermuse says:

    Well said….or should I say, well spoke-n. 😦


  4. An incredible achievement, of course, but in watching this again, it struck me that something else is remarkable: the way they filmed it. The filmmaker(s) really planned out the shots and gave us good angles. Aside from putting a camera on the plane, they’ve presented us with the best possible view of this historic event.

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    • mistermuse says:

      Glad you appreciated this post….which leads me to believe you will also want to check out my next post, which is a follow-up to this one about the Wright Brothers. I’ll be posting it in about 3 hours. Enjoy!

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