I came from a family of risk takers. My father was a crack stunt flyer and U.S. Air Force tanker pilot. He once landed a KC-97 Stratotanker on an ice patch at Dow Air Force Base in Bangor, Maine, when he was attached to the 308th Air Refueling Squadron of the 2d Bombardment Wing. I had three brothers. The oldest was a Navy aviator who bested my pop by landing A-4 Skyhawks on aircraft carriers. The next brother bested my oldest brother by landing in an alfalfa field in Eloy, Arizona (without deploying his parachute). My youngest brother (a former world record holder in motorcycle drag racing) bested him by spearing his helmet (with his head in it) into the back windshield of a car at 120 miles an hour on a busy street in Nashville, ...

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