In contrast to the wily Kennedy, Lucky Lindy
had few personal ambitions and was driven by sincere convictions about the role of his country in the world.
As a boy, Bobby Stuart fantasized about Lucky Lindy
making an emergency landing in his backyard.
landed his plane on a beach not far from Soliman Bay, where San Francisco restaurateur Andrew Field in 1998 first set foot with former members of the Grateful Dead to help stage a concert with Mayan musicians.
, flying alone, had made it from New York to Paris.
, who died in 1974 while residing in this remote corner of Maui, is buried next to the tiny Palapala Hoomau church.
Grandmother told me how Charles Lindberg got the name Lucky Lindy
for being the first person to fly alone across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927, a year before I was born.
REPORTERS STUCK TO LUCKY LINDY
like burrs for the rest of his life, flocking ghoulishly to the trial of German immigrant Bruno Hauptmann, who was accused of kidnapping the Lindbergh baby.
Over time, the public memory of him was pushed aside for reports on Lucky Lindy
, Chuck Yeager, John Glenn, and Neil Armstrong.
The school was there when Lucky Lindy
flew solo across the Atlantic and when Neil Armstrong took man's first step on the moon.