Jim Stark Blog

Sam Snead Gets a Golf Lesson

(L to R) Dad, Sam Snead, Bob In 1957, the General Electric Company sponsored the Greenbrier Classic Golf Tournament in White Sulphur Springs, W.V. held at the famous Greenbrier Resort Hotel Golf Course. Sam Snead was the celebrity golf pro at Greenbrier. After the tournament, my dad, a GE executive and two other GE guys, […]


On October 19, 2017, Dr. William Pugh, President of the Monroe County Board of Aviation, oversaw the presentation of FAA’s Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award to yours truly at a meeting hosted by the Bloomington, Indiana, Experimental Aircraft Association. Qualifications for the award were having been an active licensed pilot for 50-years and not having […]

Remembering Dad this Father’s Day

I had caddied for my dad as a nine-year-old at his country club. Dragging his bag around for eighteen holes in my dad’s eyes was a father and son outing. I appreciated the togetherness, but it was an exhausting day. After the round he bought me a club sandwich brought to the locker room’s front […]

Death of a Salesman

I was convinced I was a great salesman. My dad was a General Electric executive and he was a company man and loved his career. I wanted that business success as well and had decided life insurance sales paid great commissions to good salesmen. Being a very analytical fellow, two years prior to separation from […]


During my working career, I had six branch offices reporting to me, one in Illinois and others in southern Indiana. I used my Cessna 182RG to make frequent visits to each of those locations. Whenever one of my branches set a new monthly sales record, we would celebrate. I would order a large congratulatory sheet […]