Jim Stark Blog

Catania, Sicily

In 1967 our Navy squadron had fourteen flight crews. I was a Patrol Plane Commander (PPC) of one of the crews, Combat Aircrew Twelve (CAC-12). That distinction was very unusual for a first tour pilot. With twelve Lieutenant Commanders in the squadron, all with PPC priority, to be given one of the crews was a […]

My Three Sons

My three sons and I had frequent adventures together during their growing up years. I got a lot of “good-dad” praise for that, but the truth is I did it selfishly. We were doing the things I enjoyed and I was in charge! You don’t have that kind of control with contemporary buddies. One year, […]


Maybe it’s wind in my hair that has something to do with my lifelong interest in sailboats and motorcycles. Perhaps it’s that same attraction that now has me flying gliders as a member of the Louisville Soaring Club. The LSC, although most members are from Kentucky, flies out of Freeman Field in Seymour, Indiana, just […]

First and Last 164-mile Marathon

I was 47-years-old in 1985 and had become obsessed with running. I was getting up at 4 a.m. each day, running 50-60 miles every week, and had completed nine marathons, including the famous Boston Marathon. My middle son, Chris, was a sophomore in high school and on the track and cross-country team. We frequently ran […]

Mutiny on the Houston Ship Channel

The Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC) is located on the banks of the Houston Ship Channel in the town of Deer Park outside of Houston, Texas. It has 242 storage tanks with the capacity to hold 13.1 million barrels of petrochemical liquids and gases, as well as fuel oil, bunker oil, and distillates. On March 19, […]