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December 2009 - Museum Newsletter
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 WAAAM Welcomes
New Director: Judy Newman

Judy Returns to Hood River! 
Now that Judy has had a month to get settled in, we think it is time to formally introduce her.  As you read the following description, you will see why WAAAM is so happy to have Judy joining the team.

Judy is no stranger to Hood River, aviation or to running successful businesses. She and her family lived in Hood River in the 70's and 80's running multiple business including Cooper Spur Ski Area, Hood River Golf Course, the Hood River Aircraft and North Slope Ski and Sports.

Judy learned to fly at the Hood River Airport thirty years ago. At the time, when she walked in to the FBO and asked about flying lessons, she was told that they did not teach women to fly but that they would be glad to teach her husband!  Today, Judy has amassed well over 10,000 hours of flight time and tens of thousands of take off and landings she is one of the Northwest's highest time non military, non airline pilots! So how did Judy fly so many hours? Since leaving Hood River, Judy has been the co-owner and tow pilot for Cascade Soaring.  With her partner Joe Deem as the glider pilot, they have run this busy glider operation in McMinnville, OR for the past 25 years. As a pilot, she holds her commercial, single engine land and sea rating with an instructors ticket for gliders. Judy also has serious management skills... she served as the airport manager for the McMinnville Airport for over 10 years and also ran the FBO for many years. (Lots of experience with fly-ins!)

Judy 1941 Aeronca DefenderThere is a  1941 Aeronca Defender on display at WAAAM that is one of Judy's personal airplanes. She located it close the the big hanger doors so it always ready for a early morning flight around  the beautiful Hood River Valley.

"I am so excited to be apart of WAAAM. Even though I have been around aviation all my life, there are aircraft and cars here that make my heart nearly pound out of my chest...this collection is outstanding! I am thrilled to think of how much I will learn in the coming year. To be apart of keeping these vehicles operating and alive, to teach and learn about this history, and to work with volunteers with this much enthusiasm and skill is really an honor. WAAAM is pretty new, it has had great start and as more people learn about our mission to keep them operating this museum will be around for... well, ever." says Judy with a sparkle in her eye. " Being back in the Gorge, and living at the base of Mount Hood again is a very good thing."
Please help us welcome Judy to the Western Antique Aeroplane and Automobile Museum. Stop in and have a cup of coffee, Judy has a smile waiting.
 Volunteer Spotlight
 Ken Ollson & the Boeing 40, after the flight. A happy guy
Introducing Ken Olsson
Where do we start in telling you about Ken? I guess from the beginning. The very beginning. Ken showed up at WAAAM on opening day to lend a hand and has been there every Sunday (and so many other days) since. " I'd completed a volunteer application quite some time earlier but everyone was up to their elbows in alligators and never called me back so I just showed up an hour before opening time. Worked the flight line all weekend."
When asked about his favorite post at the museum, Ken said "I like doing the docent gig because people get such a kick out of some of the stories about the displays. Even better though, I get to hear stories told by people who know more about these objects than I ever will. I especially like doing projects that are visible evidence of progress in the collection and that tell people something about the objects they're seeing."
Ken has donated a range navigation radio which is on display and is looking for a map of the same era to display with it. 
A favorite memory "Being the first to shake Terry's hand following the second First Flight of the Jenny. I wasn't supposed to be there."
Ken and his wife Sandy (Ken calls her his Grand Prize), have 2 "young 'uns" in the LA area. He also keeps busy with his interest in  "Motorcycles, roads I've not ridden and sights I've not seen before. Reading. Music. It's time to get going on designing and building the 1/4 scale Robin I've talked about for two years." 

Thank you Ken, YOU help make WAAAM wonderful!
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It is Fun Here ...
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WAAAM is in need of volunteers with these talents:
*Maintenance: building
*Docents- share what you know
*Newsletter editor
*Webmaster & Network administrator
*Landscape and Mowing
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*Marketing, Graphic artist
*Special Events help
*Library set up
*Merchandising -gift shop
*Greeters, Front desk help

Volunteers make WAAAM happen. If you have the time, we sure could use the help. Call 541-308-1600 or click to email  I can help
Around WAAAM
 1899 Locomobile SteamCar
 Antique Airways BeaconHoliday Spirit lights the BeaconBeacon Transformed for X masAntique Airways BeaconWedding Event at WAAAM
 Antique Airways Beacon Antique Airways BeaconGary delivers HelicopterMtHood and WAAAM
Issue 12
In This Issue
New Director
Volunteer Spotlight
It's Fun Here
Around the Place
Brown Signs
A Friend...
Featured Article 
 Open Daily
Special Holiday
Christmas Day
New Year's
09 Brown Hwy Sign Going Up
Did You Notice?
Have you seen the new brown historical signs for WAAAM?

Hundreds of new visitors have found the museum because of these directional signs located on I-84 and the follow up signs leading you to the museum. Thanks to the efforts of Members / volunteers John Moore, Ruth Hall and Lois Bowman, who have
worked tirelessly writing letters, researching and making phone calls.
Their huge effort and many hours have paid off for WAAAM!
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Visitors Quote
"Thanks to the restorers, guides and supporters who have put on an excellent show!"   
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Featured Article
Ken Moes cars displayed at WAAAM
A Friend ....
Sad news to all, that Ken Moe has passed away.
Ken has had on display two cars. The American Graffiti Roadster  and a Hot Rod Pickup.
  Our condolences to his family.
He will be missed here at WAAAM.


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Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum 
1600 Air Museum Road
Hood River, OR 97031