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By LINDA WILLCOX
IN THE FRONT LEFT corner of the
cockpit, between the control panel and the
window, Charles Lindberg, Jr., hung a
silver cross given to him by his mother as
a good luck token for his trans-Atlantic
flight. The cross stayed with the "Spirit of
St. Louis" through all its airborne days.
Now, just 50 years and some odd days
later, a similar cross hangs in the working
replica of the "Spirit." Sunday afternoon,
the "Spirit" and its escort, a 1932 Stinson,
touched down at Detroit City Airport.
In a stiff wicker seat to the rear of a
cockpit scarcely wider than a single seat
in a 747 jumbo jet, little longer than a bath-
tub, I looked at that cross. I had the chance
to transcend the decades of aviation history
created before I was born.
FROM THAT SEAT, "Lucky" Lindy com-
mandeered the "Spirit" over the Atlantic
to Paris to capture the Orteig Prize and
the hearts of the world; from that seat,
Lindbergh flew the "Spirit" on a tour
through the 48 states to promote commer-
This year, the Experimental Aircraft As-
sociation built a little-modified replica of
the "Spirit" for a 50th anniversary com-
memorative tour of the continental United
Vern Jobst, the pilot for my quick flight
circling the airport, sat where Lindbergh
4ad an extra gas tank, but the EAA built
a second cockpit in front to carry passen-
LOOKING OUT THE open window, a line
of small private planes was framed by the
wing and wing supports of the "Spirit"-a
montage of production history.
The crew manually started the propeller.
The engine started, making the same type
of sound you might make with your tongue
in child-life defiance. We were ready for
the taxi and take-off.
With nothing but basic hand and foot
controls, Lindbergh flew to Paris, then
around the states. Because he had no wind-
shield, he used a periscope to see ahead of
the plane; and stuck his head out the win-
dow to look to the side. He had no radio
contact with control towers; and nothing
but five ham sandwiches and the montonous
hum of the engine to keep him company.
The replica has a wi
plates for display, in
changes made in the
safety, according to M
tive assistant to the EA
Wisconsin, where the r
"READY FOR TAK
the control tower.
The "Spirit's" take-o
siderably shorter than
of a modern commern
metal in front and trea
over wood in the tail s
ten feet tall, and 28 fee
ants could easily push
The little plane clin
the airport, catching jt
We looked down on th
tators, and the letters
City Airport from the a
In the distance, the
Detroit, the city whi
born, separated from i
We could see the sail
BENEATH US, I h
out and wave to the a
Henry Haigh is but one of nine pilots taking turns at
the stick of the "Spirit of St. Louis" replica. Like
everything else, the EAA tried for maximum authen-
ticity when desi"ming the flight suits for the pilots. But
Anne Morrow Lindberg, the late pilot's widow, said the
suits are not authentic. One pilot asked himself, "Did
I forget my tie? Are my shoelaces untied?" Mrs. Lind-
bergh later told him, "It's just not dirty."
Even the gas supply wagon was authentic. Drawn by a team of horses, this
1920's style pumper filled the "Spirit" at the City Airport. Just as in the original
cross-country tour in 1928, Standard Oil supplied all the gasoline for the plane.
One of the youngest spec
older folks. The planes
than 100 persons, althou
begun to read about Lind
By RON DeKETT
TWO OPPONENTS face each other and bow. They
grasp each other's uniform and begin a swirling waltz
in a cat and mouse game-their roles constantly shift-
ing from attacker to defender-each looking for a
momentary weakness in the other's technique.
Then in- a flurry of movement a body bends, lever-
age is applied and a torso whips high through the air.
Legs trail, flailinng briefly. A loud "THWAP" resounds
through the room as a body strikes the mat. "Nice,
nice throw," the downed opponent says.
They again stand facing each other and bow. "Thank
you," one says. "Thank you," the other answers.
Welcome to judo-the gentle way.
The preceding scene occurs at least five days a
week at the Ann Arbor YM/YWCA, 350 S. Ave., under
the guidance of head instructor Shun Kasuga (accent
on Ka), fourth, degree black belt, and his assistant
Edward Fronczak, first degree black belt.
JUDO IS A ZEN-BASED martial art form and Olym-
pic game developed by Dr. Jigoro Kano from Jujitsu.
Dr. Kano modified harmful jujitsu techniques to form
a safe system for the most efficient use of mental and
physical energy. Its motto is "Maximum efficiency
with minimum effort".
Through the use of throws, pins (control of an op-
ponent's body for 30 seconds on a mat) chokes and
armbars the judoist develops self-defense skills, pose
and confidence without harming the opponent.. Hence
the name judo which means "the gentle way."
But more than just developing physical skills judo
helps develop a healthy mental attitude towards peo-
ple and life.
"It adds a dimension to the western philosophy that
is very important. The basic idea is toshow respect for
each other. Through the practice of judo you are giv-
ing to each other in a one to one relationship. If you
do judo enough and you have a good model as an in-
structor you adopt the attitude and it becomes very
natural and you feel good doing it," Fronczak said.
SHOWING RESPECT for an opponent is an intri-
cate aspect in the art of judo. One that is constantly
taught on the mats and ultimately carried into the
"It's very difficult to lecture about (judo) philoso-
phy. But you tell them they must bow to their part-
ner. That they are helping each other and they must
show respect. If a big kid works with a small kid
we say 'hey take.it easy: remember the kid is smaller
than you'. The - big kid takes care of the little kid,"
Fronczak said. "They develop a sensitivity. When the
little- kid works with somebody weaker than he, he
will do the same thing."
Although judo, benefits human interaction it is the
physical appeal that first attracts most -people.
"I've always wanted to join. It's good exercise, it
keeps the weight down, it's good for coordination and
it's fun," student Karen Griffen said. "I've gotten rid
of a lot of nervous energy."
After an evening of throws, falls and mat work the
body becomes exhausted but, it is "a good kind of ex-
haustion,", Griffen added.
Then there is the sheer pleasure of -knowing when
you have completed a well-executed throw.
"IF EVERYTHING CLICKS for you, it feels really
good," Dominic Pileri, a grad student at EMU, said.
"But you work out with an eye for the other person
too. If somebody does something good we feel good
When Kasuga works out with his students in ran-
dori (a light form of competition) smiles constantly
dart across his face. He enjoys judo and enjoys teach-
ing it. He transmits this joy to his pupil who thrive
on it. They trade gentle, friendly banter with each
other. They congratulate each other -on good tech-
niques and help others to improve theirs.
.But perhaps children and their parents benefit the
most from judo.
"Judo is the best martial art for kids to practice
because it really helps them channel their energy. We
wear them out for their parents too," Fronczak said.
The kids don't experience the immense pressure to
win in judo .as they do in little league hockey and
"KIDS ARE NO LONGER KIDS, they.are in some
way machines run by their parents who say kids must
win or they are failums. That is baloney. The whole
thing here is we say try harder," Fronczak said.
"If you lost, it doesn't matter. Just try and do your
best. We don't push kids into competing and I think
the parents are getting educated by their kids."
Ron DeKelt is a Daily staff reporter.