Seniors reflect on life with 'guided autobiographies'

The death of her mother was the spark that ultimately led Palo Alto resident Sheila Dunec to make a major turn in her own career.

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Posted by Jack Hersh
a resident of another community
on Jan 7, 2014 at 5:27 pm

From the time I was born, I wanted to be in the aviation life. It started while I was in grammar school building models and drawing model airplane structure. It started in earnest when I went to Manhattan High School of Aviation in New York. From that time,on I have lived the life that I was born to do. I was with United Airlines for thirty three and a half years. I started as a mechanic and went up the ladder to Maintenance Foreman doing maintenance and overseeing the rebuilding of heavily damaged airplanes all over the United States. I took early retirement when I was fifty five years old and started a new career as a commercial aircraft consultant. For the next twenty two years I worked in twenty nine states and twenty one countries on six continents for two weeks and as much as three years. During that time I was in charge of rebuilding two crashed planes, a Boeing 727 in Acapulco, Mexico and a Boeing 737 in Kinshasa, Zaire. I also worked as an expert witness on other accidents. I am now a Docent at the Hiller Aviation Museum at the San Carlos, California airport.
Everybody I know suggests I should write a book.

My address is: 212 Beverly Drive
San Carlos, CA 94070

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