A Great Day For Lucky Lindy and Lucky Me

We are in a rather boring weather pattern which is good if you want good weather. A big ridge of high pressure is over the Ohio and Tennessee valleys. That means that it will be tough for any fronts to come down here. While we will be warming and humidity increasing, afternoon temperatures probably won’t be sufficient to overcome the suppression of the high. Rain chances, even for isolated or scattered activity has been taken off the table for the rest of the week and my guess is that it won’t be a problem for the Memorial Day weekend.

So..what’s up with Charles Lindberg?

On This Date In History: Charles Lindberg flew solo from New York to Paris and landed on May 21, 1927. He got the name “Lucky Lindy” because many people had perished attempting to make the crossing of the Atlantic and several of them were not flying solo. Lindberg landed at Le Bourget Field in Paris late on Saturday night as tens of thousands of revelers came and turned lights of their automobiles on so Lindberg could find the field. Remember, aviation was in its infancy and night flying was not a routine happenstance.

While Lindberg was getting mobbed in the early morning hours of May 22 as he wobbled in exhaustive exuberance, back in St. Louis, Missouri….the city whose name was the moniker for Lindberg’s plane The Spirit of St. Louis…a young woman smiled with joy from her own laborious exhaustion after bringing a new life into the world. Her name was Elizabeth and until her marriage a few years earlier, she was known as Elizabeth Carter. On this day 80 years ago her husband, Benjamin Goodall Symon, stood close at hand. He was the first of the Symon family to be born in the United States after the family immigrated from Scotland. And their new son became known as Robert Bruce Symon. The name Robert Bruce derived from the direct lineage of the family of Scottish King Robert the Bruce. Robert Bruce Symon went on to marry Anna Sutter of New Orleans where they eventually had three children, including their only son, Robert B. Symon, Jr. It has been said that the reign of royalty ended with Robert the younger, yet he is eternally grateful for his father’s efforts which continue to this day. While I have time to correct the fact that I have failed to live up to my father’s legacy, there is never enough time to tell him the degree to which I love him and am honored to be his son.

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