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8 Wednesday, November 5, 1997 West Seattle Herald/White Center News AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD By Don Nokes "It was a two-seater aircraft, where HE~C~EWS you sat in tandem. It had the out- Flying feat standing acceleration of 50 horse- power," Patrick chuckled. Time to fess up everybody. How Patrick's instructional career was many of us have flown into a tizzy, certainly no joke, as he trained pilots flown into a rage, flown into an in P-38s and 5is; A-20s, 24s and 26s; aviation hall of fame? One, Brigadier B-17s, 24s, 25s and 26s; and C-46s, General Patrick E. O'Grady, former 47s and 54s. He also logged more West Seattleite and brother to than 754 combat hours during World Junction-area resident Jane Harsha, War II, which included 79 round trips has. over the "hump" (the Himalayas) as Two days past Labor Day, and part of the globe-girdling Air somewhere beyond 36,000 hours of Transport Command. flight time and 55 years of flying in "The Japanese held all the territory 120 different makes and models of between us and the Air Force aircraft, this survivor of three wars Command in China, and the only was bestowed an honor long past way of supplying the forces at that due. He was inducted into the OX5 time was to fly the hump. It was Aviation Pioneers Hall of Fame. basically an airlift very much the Patrick received his private pilot's same as the one in Berlin," Patrick license in 1940, his commercial explained. license in '41 and his flight instruc- Before his release from active duty, tor's license in '42, which may not Patrick flew every type of aircraft in seem like such a big deal except that the U.S. Air Force inventory. As an he was 18, 19 and 20 years old at the air guardsman, he commanded the time. His first solo-piloting experi- 142nd Fighter Interceptor Group, ence was in the front seat of a Piper which won more major awards for Cub. professionalism than any other National Guard Flying Unit in the country, culminating in the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. In 1973 Patrick was promoted to brigadier general. You don't make it to brigadier general without collecting a few honors, medalsDon Nokes and such along the way. This man is so highly decorated that he'd put most Christmas trees to shame. Included in his chest full of regalia is the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Ribbon with two battle stars and now a place in the OX5 Aviation Hall of Fame -- befitting to be sure. Stamp of approval Diane W'Mter, West Seattle Christian Pre-school director, has been stomping all over the state in to bug search of rubber-stamp stores. Diane and her sister, Cathy Varner, are both very goal-oriented individuals and avid rubber-stamp accumulators as well. Subsequently they decided to spend their summer months doing the "rubber-stamp stomp." "My sister Cathy is actually quite a but bit younger," Diane explained. "And from for years we had very little in common, except our older sister. We Ore. both took turns visiting with our older house that sister until recently when she passed away." The two sisters then began sharing their interests. Diane admitted to Cathy that she had a rubber stamp or two ferreted away in her cupboards at some with home, to which Cathy confessed to lily. having several stamps of her own. "After 27 years it was a great way to start becoming reacquainted," Rebus is a Diane said. use The sisters' revelations led them to Diane realize they were both certifiably nutty enough about rubber stamps around an that there would have to be a ink cathartic consequence. So they began PUGET SOUND 360 CASCADE RANGE 360 FIAI N BR II)G E 1SLAND~ YOUR FAVORITE THEATER IS IN VASItON ISLAND YOUR BOOK CLUB MEETS IN KEY PENINSULA GIG HARBOR MOUNT RAINIER 360 YOUR AND GOLF YOU LIKE PARTNER LIVES IN TO STAY IN TOUCH. Years ago, talking to one another was a matter of picking up tta, saying hello. These days, in western Washington, we're just fax, call from a cellular phone, or log on to the InterneC All of lot more lines - and the need for two new area codes. That's why the hard-working 206 area code has been sr 206, 425, and 253. Calls that were long distance calls distance, and calls that were local will remain local. The only that now you need to dial the area code before the number yoaS:e ( local calls, you won't need to dial a T or a before the area code. Up till now, we've been making it easy on you. local calls without using the new area codes. As of you'll have to use the new area codes. Otherwise your calls will All this is going to take some getting used to, no doubt allow us to keep bringing you all the new means to depend on. YOUR WESTERN PHONE COMPANIES