As a child, I always had a passion for airplanes. I used to tell my parents, "I want to drive one of those." They corrected me and said they're flown by pilots. I asked if I could be a pilot. They smiled and said, "Son, you can be whatever you want to be."
So the next school day, I was in the library, and the librarian asked me if she could help me find what I was looking for. I said, "I want a book about airplanes." She brought me a book about Boeing passenger planes. I read that book from cover to cover.
I never became a pilot, but I never lost the love of aircraft, especially Boeing. I bought the plastic models of the 747, 757 and 767 from the Boeing Store. They're gone now, but I have the digital age to thank because I can see Boeing progress on the Internet.
I am so proud of all the Boeing team, as if I were a member. To dream of the future, draw on paper, make scale mock-ups and test them has been amazing to me over the years, and I'm 54 years old -- but when it comes to Boeing, I'm 6 years old. When I see special documentaries about Boeing, don't bother me until it's over.
My first flight was on a Boeing 707, which blew me away. I always wanted to fly on a 747. That "Queen of the Skies" made history, and continues today. With my love of a company that manufactures quality and comfortable aircraft, I had to tell my story.
Great job, Boeing team!