NORTH COUNTY — The late October day I was born, my dad was covering the waterfront.
As my mother labored at the Coronado Hospital, the old man was banging out a front-page story for the San Diego Daily Journal’s afternoon edition.
My arrival in 1947 wasn’t big news, but Navy Day was. Even so, his new paternity must have been on his mind.
In a wild flight of fancy, he led his story with a genetic link between Glenn Curtiss’ pioneering hydroplane, which flew into history on San Diego Bay in 1911, and its Navy offspring — planes such as the Hellcat, the Corsair and the Skystreak, which had recently clocked the world speed record.
[Source: U-T San Diego]