It is hard to really begin to explain. I started getting into R/C Soaring when I was 13 years old in 1976. In that year I won a 3rd place award for 2-minute precision duration with my Graupner Cirrus. Hard to believe. Before long, ALL of my powered planes were parked and I was into R/C Soaring.
I joined the ESL in 1978 when the league was created. I recall the inital meeting at Jerry Zeigenfuse's house in Reading, PA. Lots of memories there. I won Sportsflyer in 1980 and graduated to Expert class in 1981. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, I had a lot of time to fly in the ESL. It was a very good time in that my wife, Trish, and my sister, Annamarie, would also fly in the ESL events. It was a lot of fun.
My life took a turn when I became the father of two amazing young men (Josh Jr and Luke) in 1999 and 2000. Eventually, after a lot of patience and micro warbirds, both Josh Jr and Luke became interested in R/C Soaring. So now the current chapter of my R/C Soaring life involves my two boys who compete in the ESL events and accompany me on the various road trips. It is really an amazing time in our lives and I am thankful for it!
Over the course of 33 years with the ESL, I have had the privaledge of meeting and flying with a fantastic group of people. We have a lot of fun at the ESL events and get together for group dinners, general R/C Soaring discussions and just good camraderie. ESL events are little get-aways that I really cherish and look forward too. In addition to ESL events, many of the members are competing at the Nationals and US Team Selection events. I consider the ESL a treasure to R/C Soaring and welcome and encourage others to try it out.
I'm a retired software developer, and nowadays I program for fun. But only if it's too dark, wet, windy or cold to go soaring!