Moxie -- CANCER SUCKS!!!!

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  1. bbchien

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    Late to the sting, but I found this among my old office stuff: it hung in my exam room corridor for several years...
     

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    Nicely done.
     
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    Nicely done.
     
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    I'm late as well, but I was there when she gave it to you. IIRC, I picked her up at her home field (Mooney wasn't available for some reason) and we flew to Delevan for the buffet. You flew in and met us.:sad:
     
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    Beautiful, fitting tribute.
     
  6. gprellwitz

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    Leslie has made some suggestions about how to reorder the paragraphs to make them flow a bit better. I'll see if they help tomorrow.
     
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    I like the first one better. The second one seems way to aviation oriented.
     
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    I tend to lean towards the 1st example. I like the reference to her daughter being one of her passions in life, which is missing in the 2nd example.

    A couple of things:

    1) I find the word "divorce" in the first paragraph distracting in a tribute, especially since it wasn't HER divorce we're talking about. You have to read it really carefully to see it was her mother's divorce, and that the only reason we're talking about it at all was that Mom's second husband adopted Barbara.

    So instead of "After divorcing Burt in 1954, Jennie married John A. Brunhart, who adopted Barbara", consider rewording to a more positive statement, such as "Barbara was adopted by Jennie's second husband, John A. Brunhart, after John and Jennie were married in 19xx".

    2) "After a lunch flyin in Reading, PA"... Should that be "fly in" or even "fly-in"? http://www.gastonsflyin.com/
     
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    +1 .
     
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    I agree with all this and also tend toward #1.
     
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    Me three.
     
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    I've updated http://dl.dropbox.com/u/50243427/MoxieObit.pdf to address the observations, which I agreed with. I selected a photo of her from her FaceBook page. I've also selected "Live each day to the fullest" as the second line on the plaque. Thanks to the generous contributions of her friends, we're making a $420 donation to the EAA. It's going out in the mail tomorrow, and should reach EAA the day after Easter. Seems appropriate.

    EAA’s annual dedication service at AirVenture honors the legacy of the Memorial Wall's inductees from the previous year. This year’s ceremony will be held on the last Sunday of AirVenture, Sunday, July 29, at 11 a.m. Guests should arrive no later than 10:30 a.m. This heartwarming service includes a poignant reading of the names in honor of the new inductees. It concludes with a breathtaking “missing man” formation flight overhead along with the playing of “Taps.”
     
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    That is an amazing tribute.
     
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    The link to her obituary is no longer valid, so I'm uploading it here, though I can't seem to attach the PDF. She's worth remembering. I also need to track down the photo of the plaque and post it!

    BARBARA "Moxie" BRINCK
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    1951 – 2011


    Life is what made Moxie fly

    Tailwinds at her back she soared the sky

    The sun in her eyes gave her smiles

    And her friends below stretched for miles



    A new set of wings now soar above.

    Barbie looks down and extends her love



    The angels fly with her in gentle grace.

    Her memories and laughter we all embrace.



    Shed no tears and feel no remorse

    Cause my cousin know there was no recourse

    She taught us to live, laugh, and smile today

    To be able to enjoy life like Moxie... we can only pray.

    ...Tom Brunhart.

    "...now and then women should do for themselves what men have already done - occasionally what men have not done--thereby establishing themselves as persons, and perhaps encouraging other women toward greater independence of thought and action. Some such consideration was a contributing reason for my wanting to do what I so much wanted to do." …. Amelia Earhart


    Barbara “Moxie” Brinck was born August 21, 1951 to musicians Jennie Scoufis and Burt Hanson. She was adopted by Jennie's second husband John A. Brunhart.
    With dark Greek hair and flashing green eyes, “Moxie” was known for her “spitfire” personality, quick wit, undying loyalty, and fearlessness as she became one of the leading personalities of the flying Babes. She was always an advocate to encourage and promote self awareness and confidence for women in all areas of life.
    Barbara’s passion for life included music, piloting, art and her family: her daughter Anna and her son Waylon Brinck.
    Barbara graduated from Riverside High School (Milwaukee, WI) in 1969 and received her BFA from the University of Wisconsin in 1976. Her love for all art was apparent in her desire to create. Her painting and art works are exhibited in private collections throughout the country.
    She founded Brinck’s Goldsmith Jewelry in Wauwatosa, WI and created customized jewelry for clientele nationwide for 10 years in the 80s. But her call to fly was more compelling than art. She earned her private pilot certificate July 14, 1997 in a Piper Archer, and had fun rides in T-34s with Lima Lima and with Sky Warriors. After a lunch fly-in in Reading, PA in November 1997, she helped start the Babes and Airplane Message Board in 1998 to encourage people, especially women, to achieve their dreams. She became a part owner of an older Mooney in the mid 2000s and attended her last AirVenture in 2011.
    She once said: “Flying is the closest I will ever come to immortality, to dance with the winds, and to see the stars at night, so close that I could almost reach out and touch them, truly it must be what was envisioned to be heaven.”
    Moxie fought cancer for over 15 years. The disease ended her flying days, but her spirit and carefree outlook on life endeared her to so many. At age 60 she awaits to greet us all.
     
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    I miss MOXIE and the red and yellow boards, and the kinder gentler folks who lived there.
     
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    I was on B&A for a short while and remember Moxie and her posts, and her airplane babes. A very encouraging and spirited group, too bad I never met her in person.

    Tailwinds, Moxie.
     
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    I just missed her. She was gone right around the time I was getting started on some boards. I always heard good things about her and would have liked a chance to meet her.
     
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