Jim Stark Blog

Third Update – End of an Affair

Kansas and Colorado Oh, dear. Worse than dropping Rosie in the mud, my computer crashed. I tried to restore it and lost all my previous Outlook files. Plus, all Microsoft Office products, Word, etc. Had to purchase all again because I didn’t have the key code from former purchase. If some of you responded to […]

First Days

I pushed off from Bloomington at 7:40 am on Tuesday, 8/28, after the traditional front yard departure photos and Michele’s stern warning, “Now you be careful. I don’t want to have to come back early from France to identify your body.” Michele was leaving for France in three days for a memorial service for her […]

The End of an Affair

On the road again … “Just can’t wait to get out on the road again, Goin’ places that I’ve never been, Seein” things that I may never see again, And I can’t wait to get on the road again.” Thanks, Willie Nelson, your words capture the anticipation of this forthcoming, last adventure. Whoa, what’s that […]

My friend, William F. Buckley, Jr.

Anxiously, I met Mr. Buckley in front of the IU Memorial Union at 11:00 AM when he arrived in his limo. I learned he was being paid $20,000 for his one-hour lecture that evening at the Indiana University Auditorium, so, my time with him took on added significance. I hoped my 50 phone calls to […]

Pont Du Gard Bridge/Aqueduct

In 1967 my flight crew was sent to Nimes, France, to participate in a joint exercise with the French Navy. The city of Nimes is thousands of years old.  Roman ruins can still be seen throughout the area.  Most famous of all is the Pont Du Gard, a 2,000-year-old bridge and aqueduct, the tallest ever […]