Quotes about Wings Across America
Congressman Chet Edwards, Congressional Record, 2009:
"Wings Across America, founded by Nancy Parrish, located at Baylor University, has played a key role in the creation and implementation of the bill we have before us today. Along with interviewing over 100 WASP, creating the website, ‘‘WASP on the Web,’’ founding the National WASP WWII Museum in Sweetwater, Texas in 2003 and creating all the exhibits for the opening of the museum in 2005, successfully nominating the WASP for the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame, and designing and creating the ‘‘Fly Girls of WWII’’ WASP exhibit... these 2 volunteers have worked tirelessly to educate and inspire America with the history of the WASP."
Public Law 111-40: To award a Congressional Gold Medal to the Women Airforce Service Pilots
Section 1: Paragraph 32: "...as part of their desire to educate America on the WASP history, WASP have assisted ‘Wings Across America’, an organization dedicated to educating the American public, with much effort aimed at children, about the remarkable accomplishments of these WWII veterans."
Eileen M. Collins, LTC, USAF NASA Astronaut:
"Thank you so much for your truly remarkable efforts in documenting the history of the Women Air Force Service Pilots. You are breaking new ground in this educational effort that will inspire and captivate generations to come. The WASP were and still are my role models."
Barry Goldwater June 19, 1996:
"One of the proudest things I've ever done in my whole life was to be associated with the WASP as you were flying in World War II. I have a great respect for the WASP, a great respect for their ability and for all of the girls I knew. To sit and think of this country not preserving the history of the WASP during World War II is unbelievable."
Ellie Caston, PhD Director, Mayborn Museum Complex Baylor University:
"I applaud and endorse all efforts that will enable the Wings Across America organization to preserve the history and tell the inspiring story of these amazing heroines of World War II."
Herbert H. Reynolds, President Emeritus, Baylor University:
"To be able to tell the story of a unique group of women who served so unselfishly more than 50 years ago should inspire the American people — who need to receive a heartwarming story of service and dedication at a time when these virtues are not always in ready supply in our society. Furthermore, Wings Across America can be one of the greatest public relations endeavors ever embraced by some astute and discerning corporate executive."
Gregory J. Anderson, President, Wings Over the Rockies:
"As the father of three daughters, I find your exhibit and dedication to our WASP heritage compelling across generations. Keep up the wonderful work you are doing."
A few WASP responses:
"I was proud to have been a WASP, and I am glad Wings Across America will preserve our history." "If I remain as one of the 600 WASP, I'm honored and touched that someone cares." "I am so thrilled with the prospect of future generations having access to WASP history on the Internet!" "I think it's good for us to tell our own story , before someone rewrites it for us." "I think `Wings Across America' sounds wonderful. Hope I will be able to see it myself someday." "The WASP stories are like crops in the field needing to be harvested...before it is too late."
Chuck Yeager, BRIG. GEN., USAF, Ret.
"I have the utmost respect for all members of the Women's Air Force Service Pilots. They were hard working, dedicated pilots who served our country well, playing an important part during the war. `Wings Across America' will be invaluable in preserving the WASP history and teaching the current and future generations of their proud history."
Former US Attorney General Janet Reno
"I want to commend Wings Across America on their exemplary work in portraying a retrospective account of the most important contribution to women's rights in the military since Austin Power, International Man of Mystery. Your contributions have shed light on what was once a dark and forbidden cave in our national defense. This is truly one of the best pages I have ever read. Keep up the good work."
On The Road with Wings Across America
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Waco, TX: Home - flags flying.
Waco, TX: Wings Across America's first interviewee--Deanie Parrish & daughter, Barby Williams
Waco, TX: Ruth Helm at Baylor University's Film Studio with our student crew
Austin, TX: Nancy Parrish, Millie Davidson, Joni Livingston, head of production at KWBU
Waco, TX: Sister Teresa in the Baylor University Film Studio with student & professional volunteer crew
Waco, TX: Sister Teresa and our volunteer crew in the Baylor TV studio
Waco, TX: Packing up the jeep and hitting the road for our first trip: north Texas and Oklahoma.
Wichita Falls, TX: Marion Hodgson
Wichita Falls, TX: Marion Hodgson in her front yard
Lubbock, TX: Jo Wheelis
Amarillo, TX: Florine Watson in front of the KACV studio
Amarillo, TX: Florine Watston-- inside the studio of KXTX. They gave us the keys and asked us to lock up when we were finished.
Lueders, TX: Mary Alice Vandeventer in front of the home where she was born.
Tulsa, OK: Betty Riddle and her original painting.
Tulsa, OK: Betty Whitlow Smith & husband, Van, in front of their home near the creek.
Tulsa, OK: Mary Jones Wilkinson in her airplane hangar, standing in front of her Cherokee.
Sweetwater, T: Flight Instructor Harl Pinkard
LaVeta, CO: Doris Bristol Tracy's home near the mountains where she goes prospecting for arrowheads.
Colorado Springs, CO: Peterson AFB, on of our many overnight stops on the road.
Trout Haven, CO: Gayle Snell at her favorite fly-fishing place--and her WASP banner that is always flying when she is fishing.
Trout Heaven, CO: Gayle Snell's favorite fly fishing lake.
Tucson, AZ: Sylvia Clayton
Waco, TX: Shutsy Reynolds, Deanie and our great all-girl Baylor crew, Natalie Burkholder and Liz Hall
Golden, CO: Rosina "Rosie" Lewis Todd -- on top of a mountain.
San Antonio, TX: Betty Williamson Shipley
Tucson, AZ: Dawn Baldwin Seymour -- and the cactus in her front yard
Miami, FL: Fran Sargeant
Salome, AZ: Carol Selfridge and windsock in front of her orange trees
Mary Ester, FL: Mary Jo Tilton in the living room
Moberly, MO: Rose "Penny" Penn Ross and son
Nogales, Az. Rio Rocco Resort -- where Lee Hagerstrom's intervew was shot.
Nogales, AZ: Lee Hagerstrom on the balcony
Waco, TX: Rose Alice Palmer (Ft. Worth, TX) in the Baylor studio.
Luke Air Force Base, AZ
Cave Creek, AZ: Betty Blake's little red truck
Cave Creek, AZ: Betty Blake
Albuquerque, NM: Mildred Ola "Rexy" Rexroat
Colorado Springs, CO: Millie Young & Family
Aurora, CO: Lucile Wise in front of her building.
Aspen, CO: Betty and Art Pfister
Merrill, WI: at the motel where we interviewed Eleanor Pyle.
Merrill, WI: Eleanor Pyle-- in the conference room at the motel.
Prairie Village, KS: Marjorie Reese's house--with camera equipment on the sidewalk and at the front door.
Houston, TX: Braxton Thompson, husband of Sandy Thompson, sits in for the last part of her interview.
West Texas: Flight Instructor Tom Moore and his wife.
Mesa, AZ: Francie Park
Kalamazoo, MI: Sue Parrish standing by her portrait in the Kalamazoo Air Zoo
White Lake, MI: Maureen Or and husband.
Waco, TX: Codye Gwen Linder at the Wings office w/ Waco Tribune Herald
Casa Grande, AZ: Geri Nyman in front of her loom
Jenson Beach, FL: Marianne Nutt
Grand Junction, CO: Annabelle Craft Moss
San Antonio, TX: Madge Leon Moore
Cocoa Beach, FL: Carolyn Miller and her prize winning Yorkies
Waco, TX: Mary Helen Foster in the Baylor University TV Studio
Fort Lauderdale, FL: Mary Burchard
Sun City, AZ: outside Dori Martin's home
Sun City, AZ: Dori Marland Martin
Chandler, AZ: Lee Doerr in the conference room at the Marriott Courtyard
Apache Junction, AZ: Betty Jo Streff Reed
Phoenix, AZ: Margaret Chamberlain Tamplin
Hammond, LA: Marion Brown
Pompano Beach, FL: Florine Maloney and husband, Mac
Alice, TX: Maxine Flournoy
Alice, TX: Maxine Flournoy with husband, Lucien
San Antonio, TX: Dorothy Lucas and husband, Al
Vero Beach, FL: Joan Michaels Lemley
Vero Beach, FL: Joan Lemley's favorite lunch spot.
Waco, TX: Grace Jones of Salado, TX, and her nephew, John Rosanky in the Wings office
Dallas, TX: Rita Wischmeyer in her home-- her interview was in our Wings offices.
Tucson, AZ: Alberta Kinney
Germantown, WI: Jeanette Kapus, challenged with macular degeneration and legally blind, sitting in front of her machine which helps her read
Germantown, WI: Jeanette Kapus at her front door
Gainsville, FL: Kaddy Steele and friend, Nora
Phoenix, AZ: Janet Downer
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL: Janet Lee Hutchinson Simpson
Houston, TX: Special trip to interview Gloria Heath, WASP from Connecticut
Houston, TX: Gloria Heath (rt) with Deanie, June and Berkshire Hotel Manager
Davis Monthan Air Force Base, AZ
Apache Junction, AZ, Evelyn Jackson, November, 2001
Apache Junction, AZ: The city manager on left-- who gave up her office for Evelyn Stewart's interview
San Antonio, TX: Ann Holaday and her fabulous carved birds
Hammond, LA: Helen Ricketts Round
Bay City, TX: Barbara Heinrich
Boca Raton, FL: Mary Hearn
Rivera Beach, FL: Bee Haydu and husband, Joe
Melbourne, FL: Doris Hamaker and husband-- and her quilt commemorating his service in the Navy
Palm Coast, FL: Penny Halberg
El Paso, TX: Fort Bliss -- on the way to Lois Hailey's house
El Paso, TX: Lois Brooks Hailey
El Paso, TX: Lois Haily and one of her hand-built model airplanes.
Satellite Beach, FL: Mary Ann Gordon and husband, Ret. Gen. Larry Gordon, USAF
Memphis, TN: Lillian Goodman
Kerville, TX: Rosa Lea Fullwood Meek and the ballroom dancing trophies
Odessa, TX: Ruth Florey on the monitor--and our volunteer crew at the local PBS station
Homestead, FL: Ruth Fleisher (her avocado grove in the background)
Coahoma, MS: Betty Fernandes and her favorite pup on the couch
Bartlesville, OK. Grace Clark Fender
Memphis, TX: Frankie Yearwood
Grand Rapids, MI: Jane Baessler Doyle
Colorado Springs, CO: Doty Egan
Shreeveport, LA: Rosa Charlyne Creger
Austin, TX: Kay and Al D'Arezzo
Ingram, TX: Nan Hazeltine
Union City, TN: Doris Brinker Tanner
Union City, TN: The Tanner Home
Memphis, TN: Another overnight stay -- this time, with the Navy!
Pompano Beach, FL: Shirley Kruse
Rio Hondo, TX: Millie Christiansen
Waco, TX: Offices of Wings Across America, Betty Turner and Jean McCreery
Kalamazoo, Mi. on the way to Doris Nathan's
Kalamazoo, Mi. Doris Nathan
Stuart, FL: Jackie Lake Carmine
Peoria, IL: Duke Caldwell
Sand Springs, OK: Mary Helen Burke on her front porch.
Shreveport, LA: Annelle Bulechek
Sun City, AZ: Betty "B.J" Brown
Sun City, AZ: B.J. on the front sidewalk
Sedona AZ: Beverly Wilkerson on her deck
Austin, Tx. Susie Winston Bain
Fairbault, MN: Betty Wall Strohfus
Ann Arbor, MI: Marie Mountain Clark
Ann Arbor, MI: John and Marie Clark in their backyard
Aspen, CO: Ruth Humphries Brown
Sedona, AZ: Mickey Bright
Sedona, AZ: Mickey Bright's interview
Washington, IA: Martha Boshart
Eureka, KS: Roby Anderson's hay barn and her prize winning beeffalo--at her Dead End Ranch
Hattiesburg, MS: Edna 'Kitty' Bishop
Hattiesburg, MS: Jim Bishop taking pictures after Kitty's interview.
St Paul, MN: Mickey Axton
La Feria, TX: Murial Martin
Cannon AFB, NM
Albuquerque, NM: Anne Noggle & friends
Pompano Beach, FL: Tex Meachem
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Since 2000, we were privileged to interview WASP in 19 states, most in their own homes. A few interviews were conducted in PBS studios, three in hotel conference rooms, a chamber of commerce office, two aviation museums, four in the Baylor studio and six in our Wings Across America offices.
Nancy Parrish, Executive Director & Site Creator
254-307-2717 | fax 866-275-4064
Wings Across America | 1620 South Ninth Street Waco, Texas 76710
Wings Across America is a non profit, 501 c3 project at Baylor University