Notes from the Cockpit

Bob Black will present “Notes from the Cockpit" next week as part of the Brown Bag Program.

GRANGEVILLE – Spend your lunch hour with an interesting story, as the Brown Bag Program continues today, Wednesday, Aug. 14, when Meleah McCulley will present “The Short Line to Stites.”

The Idaho County Historical Society and the Bicentennial Historical Museum cosponsor the Brown Bag Program. Sessions are held each Wednesday, running through Aug. 28, at the Bicentennial Historical Museum basement meeting room, 305 North College Street, noon to 1 p.m.

Programs are free to the public, and those attending are invited to bring lunch to eat while they listen.

Next week, White Bird area (Twin Bridges) resident, Bob Black, will present “Notes from the Cockpit.”

Black has been a backcountry pilot for about 40 years. The book he will talk about is by one of his friends and fellow pilot, whom he also instructed in some backcountry flying, Dick Williams of Salmon.

“I think the book will be of interest to people around here because it’s mainly about this area,” Black said.

Black’s father owned Black Auto Parts (what is now NAPA) years ago which brought the family to the area originally. Black has spent years flying for outfitters and floaters and also served in the Army and flew a helicopter in Vietnam.

“I was hooked on flying from a very young age,” he said. He met Williams through a local flying club.

He will have the 433-page book for sale at the event for $25; it is also available on Amazon.`

The final program is set for Aug. 28: Nick Gerhardt, “A History of the Dams in the Clearwater River Basin.”

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