EAA Directors Emeritus (l to r) Barry Valentine, Bill Eickhoff, Carl Bury, and Bill Gyllenswan.
...Director Emeritus Barry Valentine and his wide, Judith.
April 28, 2008 — Four long-serving members of the EAA
Board of Directors were accorded "emeritus" status at last weekend's annual spring directors dinner held at EAA
headquarters in Oshkosh.They are Bob Gyllenswan, 46 years; Carl Bury, 26 years; Bill Eikhoff, 13 years; and Barry Valentine
, 10 years.
...Barry ValentineBarry has more than 40 years experience in aviation, which includes serving as acting FAA Administrator as well as Assistant Administrator for Policy, Planning and International Aviation.His
3,000 hours flying for the United States Air Force
(1,000 combat hours) earned him the Distinguished Flying Cross.Barry was also the director of the Portland (Maine) International Jetport and the Director of Aeronautics for the Maine Department of Transportation.
enhanced our advocacy efforts, brought expertise, credibility and credentials," Tom Poberezny said.
told a story about when he
was courting his
future bride, Judith.When it appeared that things were getting serious, he
said to her
, "There's something you need to know; every year in late July I disappear into the cornfields of Wisconsin, and I intend to do so every year of my life."
said to 'go for it,'" Barry
said, "And I intend to come here every year for the rest of my life."
revealed that he
and Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe share the distinction of having attended every annual Oshkosh since 1977, and that 2008 will be No. 29 in-a-row."We both said we'd be back every year," he