I am left speechless with gratitude after such a wonderful year and another excellent event at our annual meeting, I humbly thank each and every one of you for what you've done out in the open and
behind the scenes.
I appreciate your amazing efforts and determination to make Solivita Book Circle the jewel of Florida.
Just think, years ago we started off just discussing the merits of a few good books and now we see authors live and in person. Thank you, Lori, for an entertaining and delightful talk.
In gratitude, I'd like to share the videos of the Candy Bomber with you. It includes a Brokaw interview. If you're interested in more information I've also added books about the Candy Bomber too. I know this would have been more appropriate for Christmas, but I hope you still enjoy it.
Again, thank you.
by Gail S. Halvorsen (Author)
Gail Halvorsen was one of hundreds of U.S. pilots involved in the airlift. While in Berlin, he met a group of children standing by the airport watching the incoming planes. Though they hadn't asked for candy, he was impressed to share with them the two sticks of gum he had in his possession. Seeing how thrilled they were by this gesture, he promised to drop more candy to them the next time he flew to the area.
True to his word, as he flew in the next day, he wiggled the wings of his plane to identify himself, then dropped several small bundles of candy using parachutes crafted from handkerchiefs to slow their fall. Local newspapers picked up the story. Suddenly, letters addressed to "Uncle Wiggly Wings" began to arrive as the children requested candy drops in other areas of the city.
Enthusiasm spread to America, and candy contributions came from all across the country. Within weeks candy manufacturers began donating candy by the boxcar.
In May 1949, the highway blockade ended, and the airlift ended in September. But the story of Uncle Wiggly Wings and the candy-filled parachutes lives on-a symbol of human charity.