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I was delighted to learn from your front page article on Aug. 3 ("4 honored for 50 years of safe flying") of the FAA awards to Steve Thompson, Layton Bennett, Ken Eichner and Ken Loken.
It's always a good thing when excellence gets recognized, and I'm glad the Empire gave it the attention it deserves. I have a footnote to add to Ken Loken's remarks. Twenty-nine years ago this Labor Day weekend a group of us went to Dorothy Lake south of Taku Inlet for some bouldering and general mountaineering, and were weathered in at the end of our stay.
After a couple of days sitting in a tent in the middle of a cloud, we were delighted to see Ken Loken's plane appear through a small opening in the clouds. Riding in the righthand seat on the way back to Juneau, I asked him if he'd had any trouble getting in. "Oh, I never fly if I have any doubts," he replied. "The clouds around here have too high a granite content."