Reliving old memories not full of hot air

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Posted: Friday, August 9, 2019 6:00 am

Forrest Gump has nothing on me.

Sure, he may have been around more historic events, had a hand in some of them, memory serves me right, and even recorded some unbelievable accomplishments, himself.

But he never had a hand in the first hot air balloon flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

For the record, let’s just say I might have been in the thought process that led Maxie Anderson to think he could breeze across the Atlantic in a hot air balloon, much like I breezed into his wedding reception in Bagley, Minn., a lifetime ago.

Maxie was an undergraduate student at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks in the early 1950s, before he took up the hobby of hot air ballooning and became the first balloonist, along with two crewmates, to sail across the Atlantic Ocean in 1978, setting records in both distance and duration.

Anyway, Maxie, when he wasn’t flying around the country in an airplane, was putting the hustle on my next-door neighbor, Patty Nasset, who was also a UND student at the time.

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