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Monthly Dinner Special Guest Speaker
Mar 4th, 2015 Christina Olds
Author: Fighter Pilot - The Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds
No Host Bar Starts: 6:00 p.m.
Dinner Starts at 7:00 p.m.
Christina Olds was born in Manhattan, NY and lived around the world with her USAF fighter pilot father, Robin Olds and Hollywood actress mother, Ella Raines. Raised mostly in
Washington D.C., England and Colorado, she graduated from Vassar College with a BA in English/Creative Writing in 1974 and spent 25 years living in Marin County where she raised her daughter Jennifer Olds Newman (now a costume designer in Los Angeles).
In 2001 Christina moved to Colorado to be near her aging father, who had retired in 1973 from the air force as a brigadier general. She worked for Vail Resorts for six years. While caring for her father during his terminal illness in 2007, Christina promised to complete his half-written memoirs from his gathered notes. Robin Olds passed away June 14, 2007. She spent the next two years researching and writing the book, including interviewing veterans who flew with her father in WWI and Vietnam. Her book was published April 13, 2010 by St. Martin's Press and has been heralded as an exceptionally literary and lyrical biography/memoir.
This is her first book. Christina moved back “home” to California in July 2011, this time choosing Sonoma County over Marin. She currently lives in Healdsburg and is Director Of Museum Operations for the Pacific Coast Air Museum at the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport. She frequently travels to speak to aviation museums and air shows around the country.
Dinner is catered and open to the public ($17/person), reservations are required prior to 6 p.m., Monday prior to dinner, either On-line HERE or call 805 296-1935
Meet Jill Thayer, Ph.D.
Estrella Warbirds Museum is pleased to announce the hiring of Jill Thayer, Ph.D., whom will assume the role of Museum Curator. Jill brings her experience, education, and passion to the curatorial position at Estrella Warbird Museum. A native of Sacramento, an over 40-year resident of Bakersfield, and a new resident to the Central Coast, she bring plenty of curatorial experience and knowledge to this key role. No stranger to military aviation, her father William G. Thayer served in the U.S. Army as Sergeant of Transportation in the Korean War, and her great uncles were WWII pilots––Laurence “Bud” Schillig Thayer, a Flight Officer in the U.S. Army Air Forces; and Alan Austin Thayer, a Lieutenant Junior Grade in the U.S. Navy.
You can read plenty more about Dr. Jill at this link, and make sure you stop by the museum and introduce yourself to her!
Look! It's a flying gnat!
During the latter part of November, a strange long box was delivered to Estrella Warbirds Museum which piqued the interest of the restoration crew. Little did they know that we had been selected to receive a very rare piece of history, a General Atomics GNAT 750. For all the information and more pictures, click here.
Museum Docents Make it all Happen!
Estrella Warbirds Museum relies on an outstanding cast of volunteer docents to help run the museum, the gift shop, the automobile display.
It's a great place to make new friends and meet people from all over the world that stop by Paso Robles to visit the museum!
If you would like to volunteers a few hours each month, or week, let us know. We would love to meet you! Stop by the museum or find more information here.