Today marks the end of a journey for me. As I stated it all started with a rumor and I played it out.. Rumors are never good to follow, but this one rang true in what I knew about film and production. That and many folks knew about the possibility of a third boat..That was not news.. It was to me at the time though and started the fire.. I had to find that boat.. What a great story… It also marked the start of my friendship with Pat Curtin.. many of you may seem horrified that I would openly admit that considering all the comments from this last week… A smarter man should just sit back and let it all play out.. sit back and say.. oh you know Pat… I am not that sort of person. I strongly believe that some people get along and some don’t; I get along with Pat.. I may not agree with him at times, and clearly have better social skills. But in the end, Pat has not faltered to tell the cold hard truth.. At least it’s the truth I believe.. Every detail of this journey played out to be true. The family, the history.. All of it.. I like many of you was skeptical because of what I had heard.. I learned a lesson when I was a kid about listening to what other people had to say about other people.. They are usually wrong.. Oh they might all be based on some sort of truth.. But its up to you to make that choice. I am no dummy, I have looked at all the sides on these two boats. I get all the confusion.. I have read the articles.. I get it.. Clearly there is some double talking going on here.. The big question is.. Why now? Why all of a sudden is the third boat appearing. Is Pat pissed that the 1802 boat did not talk to him… I have no idea.. I know that I spoke to the families.. I found the boats.. Pat helped with the families name.. But that is not the new family name.. Was Pat playing me like a puppet, to play out his plan to get attention.. Really? Woody Boater.. that’s attention? Being attacked by anonymous readers and called a lyer.. That’s a goal? Woody Boater this week as been accused of being like Giraldo.. not telling the truth and worst of all a sensationalist.. We are not and will never be like that.. Although if you find Gar Woods safe, I will open it live on Woody Boater.. Just kidding.. Its all fun… But, maybe the find its self is like that, but if you read what we had to say. We have been extremely careful to spell out the facts as we know them. Did we screw up with giving credit to Wilson Wright for starting the Chris Craft club.. Yes.. are there other screw ups? Are you kidding.. I spell like a third grader.. No journalistic training and according to my wife.. Spend way to much time smelling varnish.. One image though stood out here.. One dang dumb image that on the surface means nothing and everything.. The second I got the first comment I wanted to puke.. I thought.. again.. What in the heck was i thinking.. But as it turned out.. I am happy I did.. Its this image..
For the record. And this is also not from Pat.. Pat had promised the U-22-1460 family 28 years ago to stay quite, and he did.. He promised Hendricks to promote U-22-1802 and he did.. to his credit.. Has Pat pissed folks off? You bet, me included.. But that does not take away the fact that U-22-1460 is out there..The comments here on Woody Boater in this past week, focused on Pats credibility. He and us were attacked by anonymous readers.. That’s fine.. We expected it.. And honestly enjoyed the conversation.. For us here at Woody Boater , it’s all fun.. They are boats.. Not life support..
A funny thing happened during this research.. In a strange way two families were re united again by choices that th
ere long gone fathers made 28 years ago..That was a very cool thing to see.. Both families I am proud to have talked with.. And now with Jeff Thom, proud to know as well. He has been a trooper through out all this.. Imagine buying a boat, spending a fortune restoring it.. And then this crap happens.. Jeff, you are a class act.. The boating world is better off for what you have done!
Tomorrow.. Pats unedited interview.. In an attempt to see what Pat is all about.. I agreed to let it rip.. Un plugged, un edited.. Word for cus word from the gut.. Pat does not pull punches. He is from Southey.. Boston. He is rough and tough and full of spit and vinegar.. But his heart is big, and he wants the truth to be told in his words. Not a reporters or third person. Yes some of you will say he has said it all in his stories.. Read them again.. or not.. the point is, this is 30 years later and he is going on record here and now.. Here he is.. Not being elusive.. or cagey.. For better or worse it will be interesting for sure. But this way there is no editorial, or interpretation of what in his mind.. I hope you have enjoyed the past month of stories, on the Warner Auction, Texx’s excellent adventure in Minnesota.. I personally am looking forward to showing snap shots of babes in hats again…
|If you think for a second that I am going to get caught up in the canoes and other boats in the film, you are nuts!|