Hap was the World's First Airborne Traffic Reporter and one of the warmest, happiest and most gracious guys alive.
He lived "outside the box" and always had a vision. He encouraged everyone he met to do the same.
In 1946, while he was still in college, Hap started his first flight school.
When his dad found out, he said disparagingly, "Hap - you are nothing but a Dreamer!"
Hap recalled fondly, "I only wish my dad were still here, so I could thank him. It took me many
years to realize what he had said in anger, was really a compliment. So thanks, Dad!"
One of Hap's favorite quotes came from the musical "South Pacific",
this was his version...
"If you haven't got a dream, how you gonna
make a dream come true."
Hap's words of wisdom to you would be---
"Don't let anything stop you" or
"Follow Your Dreams, they really do come true!" or
"Always remember, the Impossible is Possible."
Hap's favorite books included titles from Og Mandino,
"The Greatest Salesman in the World";
Norman Vincent Peale, "The Power of Positive Thinking";
and Dale Carnege, "How to Win Friends and Influence People".
He could have written these books, he certainly lived them.
I have spent the past couple of years
collecting and nurturing these memories of Hap.
It is now time to share them again with you,
as Hap would say, "His People".
Please let me take this opportunity to thank
David F. Jackson of the Bay Area Radio Museum
for calling me personally to tell me of Hap's
induction into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame
and for encouraging me to resurrect Hap's website.
And a very special thank you to Mark Blomenkamp, Hap's web designer,
for his technical expertise and creativity,
for his patience in putting up with me,
for laughing and crying with me and for reminding me
just how important this would be to Hap.
And then to Hap....
"Many people can touch another's life,
yet few can touch their essence
in the beautiful ways that you have.
You are such a special part of who I am.
I wouldn't have missed the time
we shared for anything. Finding you,
being with you and dreaming with you
were everything to me.
You truly will be my light, love and laughter
for the rest of my days.
Hap, you filled my life!!! You are my angel.
And I love you with all my heart and spirit......Jan"
Hap left his dreams behind on October 4, 2006.
He thought he would live forever, and in our hearts
and on these pages, he always will.
Right about here, Hap would graciously say,
"And thanks for remembering."
So take your time and browse around....