Writing from Kansas City, halfway through a road trip. I started in Sacramento with a meeting with the California Airports Council . California is a large state facing large problems. The airports out there have rapidly formed a state association that is becoming a real force on state and local issues. They have some of the largest airports in the country and some of the smallest and do a great job of melding a bunch of different perspectives.
While in Sacramento, I was interviewed on a local radio station about the project underway there to build a new terminal; an experience that was repeated in Fresno the next day when I drove down there with Russ Widmar, the airport director in Fresno. Russ and I were on a local talk show for an hour and a half where we talked about local airport issues, as well as national matters such as security, fuel prices and the financial strength of the industry.
Had a chance to meet with Russ’s excellent staff the next day and to see all he has done at the airport (the way they have re-created a little bit of the Yosemite Park in the terminal is really terrific, as is the project they have undertaken to generate solar power). The city of Fresno is facing some big challenges and Russ and his staff are trying to navigate the airport through them.
Before coming to KC, I spent Saturday in Abilene, Kansas to see the boyhood home and gravesite of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Eisenhower was president when I was born and I still remember the announcement in school when I was in 7th grade that he had died.
The Eisenhower complex is quite nice; the museum is good but not as good as some of the others such as JFK, Ford, Truman, Reagan and Hoover. This makes 24 of the 38 president gravesites that I have visited, I have solid plans for at least five more this year.
On Sunday I attended the Kansas City Royals — Los Angeles Angels baseball game. So for me, this has been a great weekend — a presidential grave site and a big league ball game. Doesn’t get much better than that!