Announcing a New Book by Mark Carlson
“Flying on Film – A Century of Aviation in the Movies 1912 – 2012”
By Mark Carlson
Airplanes and motion pictures were born within a year of one another. In 100 years they have both risen from uncertain infancy through growing adolescence to robust maturity. While Hollywood’s actors and directors learned the art of making movies, the aircraft industry and pilots learned how to conquer the sky. In peace and war, prosperity and depression, the airplanes and motion pictures have become a part of American culture. The relationship was symbiotic.
While airplane movies helped sell box office tickets, the movies helped promote aviation.
In Flying on Film movie fans and aviation buffs can find their common bond. From wooden biplanes to armadas of warplanes, from majestic China Clippers to huge 747s, from slow monoplanes to swift jets, the movies told the story of the airplane. William A. Wellman’s 1927 masterpiece Wings was the first of the breed, the standard to be emulated.
Flying on Film is the history behind the films. Veterans and aviators from past and present tell the real story of one of the most fascinating genres of motion pictures in Hollywood.
From the Foreword by William A. Wellman, Jr.
“Mark Carlson has produced a remarkable and insightful chronicle of a 100-year history of aviation in the movies. He sketches an incredible portrait of the films, the diversity of aircraft, and the highly skilled and courageous flyers who helped make these films the spectacles that they became.
In this book, he has flown a resolute route, through brilliant blue skies surrounded by billowy white clouds, into 100 years of aviation in the movies. It is a book my father would have loved.”
The book is now available in E-book and print
412 pages, 8”x10”
$24.95 + Shipping and Handling
Barnes & Noble
Okay, here’s the deal. I’ve been a working Guide Dog for just over ten years.
In that time my Daddy and I have been all over the country for work and vacation, met thousands of people and even written a book. I’ve done a good job. My daddy knows of two times I saved his life by stopping him from walking in front of a speeding car. There were two other times but it’s better he doesn’t know.
It’s been a wonderful feeling, being a Guide Dog. I took my responsibilities seriously and did it well.
MUSKET NEEDS YOUR REVIEW, PLEASE GO TO Amazon AND WRITE A FEW LINES-THANKS
Welcome to MusketMania.com
“Confessions of a Guide Dog”
The Blonde Leading the Blind
Hello to all my new friends and fans.
Wecome to Musket Mania
This is where you can find out all about me.
And remember it….IS ALL ABOUT ME!
Just for starters, my name is Musket. I’m a Yellow Labrador Retriever. At least that’s my breed. I’m a working Guide Dog. I guide my daddy wherever he wants to go and get him there safely. I was born and raised at Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael, California, where I was trained. I graduated with Daddy on May 18, 2002.
Okay, that’s enough of the trivial stuff. Now let’s get on with it. What do I love? Food. Treats. Belly rubs. My Mommy. Lying in the sun. Getting in the way on the floor. Shedding. Food. Begging. Food. Oh, I said that. Oh darn, my Daddy wants to say something.”
Yes, thanks, Musket. After all, I am the boss, right?
“Oh, sure, whatever you say. But don’t forget, you’re the one who picks up my poop.”
For those of you who haven’t caught on, Musket is a bit full of himself. But then, he’s earned it. It’s not possible to write all about him in one webpage. For that matter, even the Internet is too small. But suffice to say Musket is the most remarkable and wonderful Guide Dog I have ever known. He has changed my life and the lives of hundreds of people all over the country. Men, women, children, young and old, rich and poor, famous and humble he has made a difference.
“Aw shucks, Daddy, you’re making me blush.”
The people he loves and are loved by will always remember his kisses, his beautiful face and playful spirit.
What is Musket? A Yellow Lab, yes. A Guide Dog, sure. He’s a Blind/Low Vision Mobility Specialist and Stress Relief Counselor. He’s an ambassador for Assistance Animals.
More than a working dog or even a pet, he’s a friend, a comic, a beggar, a tease, a protector, a favored grandchild, a healer, a spoiled kid, a TV star, an ambassador, a friend to astronauts and veterans, a chick magnet, a heart-breaker and a scene stealer.
He’s also my little buddy.
I had to go blind in order to get Musket.
It was well worth it.
We had a story to tell and that’s what led to this website. We wrote a book together, entitled Confessions of a Guide Dog – The Blonde Leading the Blind.
It’s a memoir about the lives of Musket, myself and all the people we know.
We wrote the book together, but I did most of the typing. Musket doesn’t have opposable thumbs.