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    My first flight was around 1965. I don't remember the exact date because, well, it's been a while.

    My grandfather took my brother and me on a short flight just to give us the experience of flying. We left from the Akron-Canton airport, and we flew to Cleveland and back.

    The plane probably only seated about 20 or so. I think it had two propellers, so it was quite small.

    We got our tickets at the counter and then walked out to the plane. Obviously, this was in a simpler, more gentle time when you were not a suspected criminal just because you were flying somewhere.

    We didn't go anyplace special in Cleveland because that wasn't the point of the trip. Regrettably, I don't have any souvenirs, other than just the memory of taking off, my face glued to the window.

    I love to fly. I enjoy looking for my home or places I know as I fly over. Unfortunately, the process of getting on a plane is so unpleasant now that I've largely stopped flying, except when I have to for work. It's sad that they've ruined such a wonderful thing. There's really nothing like the experience, once you're in the air.

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