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    Its no wonder Howard junior was a bit eccentric

    Mom died at 39 when he was 17

    Dad died at work at 54 when he was 19

    Left with a business empire on his dad's passing - and no nonsense guys like Col. Kuldell for a General Manager

    Tri Cone patent filed in '20, granted in '27 when dad was gone - note it was assigned to Kuldell, not Junior

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    Quote Originally Posted by UncleFrank View Post
    I saw the Spruce Goose on display in Longbeach, I think. Amazing. Around the perimeter of the building they had several little theaters running news reels about Hughes' life and accomplishments. Also amazing.

    I also saw it in Long Beach. I attended a conference on the Queen Mary and we toured the museum. We got to go inside of the ship in the cockpit. That was quite a sight. Hughes was an amazing fellow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnoder View Post
    Its no wonder Howard junior was a bit eccentric

    Mom died at 39 when he was 17

    Dad died at work at 54 when he was 19

    Left with a business empire on his dad's passing - and no nonsense guys like Col. Kuldell for a General Manager

    Tri Cone patent filed in '20, granted in '27 when dad was gone - note it was assigned to Kuldell, not Junior
    I've been told by many Hughes employees that the Playa Del Rey (Culver City) facility is haunted. Apparently, lots of tunnels and secret underground passages were dug.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnoder View Post
    Its no wonder Howard junior was a bit eccentric

    Mom died at 39 when he was 17

    Dad died at work at 54 when he was 19

    Left with a business empire on his dad's passing - and no nonsense guys like Col. Kuldell for a General Manager

    Tri Cone patent filed in '20, granted in '27 when dad was gone - note it was assigned to Kuldell, not Junior
    ISTR "Big Howard" had syphilis as well? Disappointed Momma got young Howard off to the fear of germs bit.

    Had a Helluva run, HRH, Jr. did. But I still say it was "his people" as much as anything else.

    Easier folks to admire?

    - Arthur Savage. The radial tire, higher precision in firearms, and more.

    - Clessie Lee Cummins. Not just Diesels.

    - Harry Timken, TAPERED roller bearings (though "not only")

    - Rockwell, of the doorbell, taxi meter, bicycle coaster brake, ROUND roller bearings... and so on.

    Not all of our inspirational leaders were highly eccentric, after all.

    Not ALL!



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