From Shelby Scarbrough

Subject: Invitation to celebrate Aviation Hero Jimmie Mattern’s 90th Anniversary – Join us at the NYAC on June 2nd!

When Jimmie Mattern, my grandfather, passed away suddenly in 1989 I stepped in as the speaker for the OX5 meeting in Dallas Texas alongside my grandmother Dorothy Mattern. I still have a video of that speech. Grainy but memorable.

The OX5 organization was a favorite of my grandfather’s, and I learned about the society as a very young girl. I have this uncanny ability, knowing nothing about engines, or anything of the sort to be able to walk into a museum and point to an OX5 engine as the memory of the one that sat in his front yard for years is embedded in my brain. And as such, I am a member of your organization to honor my grandfather.

But today, I am reaching out to you on behalf of the entire family of pioneer aviator, Jimmie Mattern. We would be honored if you could join us at a special event we are hosting to celebrate our very undercelebrated grandfather and hero in aviation, Jimmie Mattern. This event marks the 90th anniversary of his groundbreaking attempt at the first solo flight around the world.

Date: June 2, 2023 Time: 6:30 PM-8:30 pm Venue: New York Athletic Club (NYAC)

We are inviting esteemed individuals from the aviation industry, history enthusiasts, and key figures in the New York community to commemorate this remarkable milestone. Given your prominent position as the President of the Intrepid Museum, we believe your presence would greatly contribute to the significance of this celebration.

It would be an honor to have you attend this event. We believe that your presence would be greatly valued by the Mattern family, aviation enthusiasts, and the attendees of this event. We would be happy to include anyone from your executive team or your board should you feel this would be of interest to them.

The following day, on June 3rd we will journey to Floyd Bennett Field to retrace the steps Jimmie took on the day that he lifted off on the first attempted solo flight around the world – 90 years ago to the day. It is a long haul out there, but it is open to the public and anyone is welcome and it is informal.

We sincerely hope that you can join us in celebrating Jimmie Mattern’s extraordinary accomplishments and contribute to an evening filled with remembrance, appreciation, and inspiration.

Thank you for considering our invitation, and we look forward to the possibility of your presence.

Alternately: I am a public speaker and would be delighted to offer a program about Jimmie to your members some time.

Warm regards,

Shelby Scarbrough
To learn more about Jimmie Mattern, I point you to:
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