Some Random Thoughts from a Gray Beard…

I retired from Boeing a few months back, after 32 years of doing some fun things in the airplane industry. I remember watching planes fly as a young boy in Massachusetts and thinking how cool it would be to deal with them daily. My family eventually moved to Hawaii, and after I graduated from high school I joined the US Navy to start to fulfill that airplane dream. I spent 8-years in the Navy, got married while I was in, and was honorable discharged after that. I was fortunate to be picked up by Boeing, soon after military discharge, and hired as an airplane maintenance electrician. I was part of the 767, 757, 777 & 787 airplane test programs. The projects I worked on were in the news often.

During my working life I still found time to fish, hunt and travel…but never enough. Now I turn 60 next month, and am fortunate to have the time to do the traveling , fishing and hunting that I would like to do. As time goes by, I care less about what I worked on for decades, and am blessed that I can afford to do what I’d like to do. My mind and heart still thinks like a young man, but the mirror tells the true story. The final chapter now begins, and it seems that it went by so fast.

It is time to reflect where I am in the entire scheme of generations of Cogswell’s. We are a good family with a lot of history to be proud of, but we are also a somewhat private family. It is hard to get others involved in the preservation of our family history, but I’m sure all Cogswell’s would agree that is important. How do the “gray beards” of our family connect with the young that haven’t traveled this road yet? I’m not sure I will ever know the answer, but I am blessed to have come this far, and look forward to some tranquility on a quiet stream, throwing a fly, and hoping a fish will entertain me for a while…


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