Wow, I am blown away! I got a call from my brother last night, who on a whim was researching my Grandfather, Fred, and came across your forum. Now, I had all but forgotten this article and the fact that I left the above comment back in 2011, and before today never had the chance to read your reply. First and foremost, thank you so much, Mr. Ben Gay III - reading your words brings tears to my eyes. As it turns out my father wasn't lying all these years!
My father was very close to my Grandfather, so it hit him hard after my Grandfather's passing in '94. However a fast life, coupled with a penchant for alcohol and cigarettes doesn't promote longevity, and sadly Fred's time ultimately came far too soon. I'm proud to say that my father see's a lot of Fred in me, the business side - NOT the flashy. When I left that comment back in 2011 I was living back home in Los Angeles. I have since moved to San Francisco and founded my own start-up, Go Host Yourself, that was almost instantly profitable.
It would be great to get you on the phone, I would love to hear more! I've re-read your words a thousand times already, they really hit home. I think all of us (MANY) grandkids would appreciate knowing more about our Grandfather, who has been gone for 22 years now. Our memories don't stretch as far, or as accurate, and I also believe you to be one of a very select few who know my Grandfather better than my old man. He'll get a real kick outta this!
Many thanks for your reply!!!I am tickled to no end. Kudos to you for continuing this site and with it their legacy's. WPP and Fred are smiling together somewhere in the cosmos knowing you keep them alive through your eloquent words and sharp memory.
Wednesday 05 Oct 2016
by Ed DiGirolomo
For Angie Whitehead Giovenco - My father, as I stated, was General Manager for Mr. Kestle and he took a keen interest in the fate of both Mr. Kestle and your father. There wasn't really much that was known about the fate of your Dad (Mr. Whitehead). Last info that my dad passed on, was that there was no indication of where or what happened. No crash site. I do not have access to the transcripts and cannot offer even a guess except that any event would be land based, i.e. most immediate flight paths are all over land, not the Gulf. There is reason to think that the mystery may be solved sometime in the future when civilization and development may lead to recovery.
Wednesday 05 Oct 2016
by Ben Gay III
Thank you, Lance. Appreciate your input. Stay tuned, interesting things are in the works!
Monday 26 Sep 2016
by Jay Moeller
Mike, memories of ski trips and Boomer at Fort Collins. At one point there was a pic of Boomer hanging in the Smithsonian.
Sunday 25 Sep 2016
by Angie Whitehead Giovenco
I am the youngest daughter of Eldridge Whitehead,Jr, Dick Kestle's friend and business partner. I recently came across photos and newspaper stories of my father and Dick. I have some great photos of the Mustang used in a Royal Crown Cola Magazine. I also have the transcripts of my father's accident and wondered if they ever found the wreckage. After googling his tail #, I found this site. I would love to share the photos as they depict my father "riding" the tail of the mustang on a saddle straped to the tail.
Wednesday 21 Sep 2016
by Lance Giroux
I took PSI courses from January 1975--77. Became an instructor for PSI 1977, after personally under studying Tom Willhite, then moved to lead the instructor staff of the basic seminar department (known then as PSI IV) after a schism within the company, and the created its Men's Leadership Seminar in ''78 along with Bill O'Neil & Bob Lipske at the direction of Tom Willhite in order to solidify the "hit" that the company took resulting from the schism. Took over Tom''s duties at PSI 7 on 9/21/83, upon arriving at HVR just after he crashed his biplane during his "Red Baron" aerobatic demo - a "regular" part of PSI's recreation day activity at PSI VII at that time- and following that I became PSI's VP Instruction & Training, knew Jack Mather and liked him, & took people to visit both crash sites many times. Became a pilot myself while Tom was alive, and bought his Cessna 150 after he died, hangared it & flew it regularly at High Valley Ranch. There's a lot to PSI's practices and behind the scenes "goings on" that remains hidden from public discourse so that the company would continue. From personal daily contact I know that Willhite revered WPP, and patterned his own development on his memory. I resigned in '95 and since have continued to serve what I felt (and still do) was the essential message - minus corporate politics - serve human beings & resolve conflict peacefully
Tuesday 20 Sep 2016
by Brian Moore
Jeff, My name is Brian Moore. I backed into your car at the hobby shop in Archdale nc 2016. I see the claim has been paid. You mentioned that it is hard to find people to fly control line with. We fly control line every Sat. at hobby park in Winston Salem nc. We have two assfalt circles for control line and a grass runway for rc. If you see this contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 336 635 6491. tight lines Brina Moore
Tuesday 06 Sep 2016
by Ben Gay III
Welcome back, Sam!
When the new owners of High Valley Ranch move in, I hope they bring industrial strength metel detectors with them. Rumor has it, "Thar's gold in them thar hills!" . . . if you know where to look!
All the best!
Ben Gay III
Wednesday 24 Aug 2016
by Ed Solter
William Penn Patrick also owned & restored a Canadair Mark 5 (F-86) that crashed into a Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor on 9/24/72 in Sacramento Ca. killing 22 people, Pilot survived, telling NTSB the plane shuttered while lifting off and had to make a split second decision to abort or not. He had 8 hrs in the type.
Saturday 06 Aug 2016
by Sam King
I haven't visited this site in years. I didn't know people were still contributing. For anyone interested, WPP's Ranch (High Valley Ranch) has been "in the family" ever since he died, as it was acquired by Tom Willhite as the HQ for PSI. Since Mr. Willhite died in a plane crash on the Ranch in 1983, Mrs. Willhite (and Shirley Hunt) has been running PSI very successfully. This year she has created a new "happening" at the Ranch called "Summit" to be presented during the week of September 11. She says she'll be going back to the "old days" of Mind Dynamics, WPP, and Alexander Everett. She also recently announced to PSI grads that she's decided to sell the Ranch. End of an era? Beginning of a new one?