Jim Stark Blog

Wedding Invitation

Ebenezer Stark’s and Lovisa Dibble’s wedding day on October 24, 1823, began with Eben in his parent’s cabin dressing in a fine wool suit. He is joined by his male attendants not dressed as smartly but all had darkened their heavy boots with lampblack. Lovisa was at her family’s home being helped by her mother, […]

Running the Big Apple

Running the Big Apple Doing the Big Apple, as in running the New York City Marathon, is a cornucopia of experiences. Each of which is unique and everlastingly memorable. New York is Winning The 16,000 chilled marathoners who lined up October 24, 1982, for the 26.2-mile tour of the five boroughs of New York City, […]


High school football was a wonderful experience. I went out for the team in my sophomore year and because a number of seniors had graduated the previous year, I became part of the starting eleven of young inexperienced players. I was a scrappy lineman, who loved the crash and bash of blocking and defensive mayhem. […]

Flight Instructor

After my years as a Navy pilot and a brief stint in the insurance industry, I next found myself in Indiana in a family business started by my father-in-law. I hadn’t flown an airplane in several years but a golfing buddy, a pilot, took me aloft and turned over the controls. Gad, I loved it. […]

Final Chapter – Part Two

Day Three Pulling back the drapes in my Moriarty, N.M. motel room, I was alarmed to see a large buildup of storm clouds to the north. Man, I hoped that wouldn’t lead to the cancellation of my flight test that day. I called Flight Service to get a weather briefing and learned afternoon thunderstorms were […]