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So nice to see my dad, Roswell Fiske Brown, and his daddy and family in this book. Robert Leland Brown was my grandad on my dad's side. I knew a lot about what he did but found out even more reading this wonderful book. Grandpa's wife, Caroline, was Henrietta Swan Leavitt's sister. Henrietta discovered how to measure the Universe, Leavitt's Law. She used to show my dad the constellations when she visited Alabama. Dad was so influenced by her that he became one of the very top illustrators for Popular Mechanics, World Book, Britannica and many more. He invented the Strato Rocket, which was basically the first Space Shuttle. He knew perspective like no one else. He did cutaways of boats so you could see inside the portion of the boat which was under water. He illustrated boats with rockets launching, rockets in the sky, vehicles which could land on other planets and much much more. He loved to invent aerodynamically perfect paper airplanes which would glide forever. He invented a 3D camera set up with Brownie Starflash cameras and a viewer. He made super long periscopes and sent me out in the neighborhood to play with them. He was always shooting off little rockets he made using CO2 cartridges, which he used often, and we would watch them go through the sky, and then he sent me out to find where they landed. He invented numerous kites; Rotary, Flat and mimicked a realistic Seagull. Daddy also faked a Goodyear Blimp by suspending a model he made of it hanging from one of his kites so it looked real. People thought the Goodyear Blimp was up in the sky! He was always inventing something new daily. Such discipline and such a sweet man.
I also enjoyed seeing the correct birthdate of Grandpa Brown, and some of my genealogy, including my dad's siblings. Dorothy died at about 14 years and i was born on her birthday and looked like her so kind of hard for my dad and his brother Bob and my very dear, sweet, wonderful Aunt Louise. Dorothy wrote an amazing story about canaries from the perspective of her being a canary that got caught by a man in the Canary Islands, and put in a cage. She wrote that her mother had warned her not to go near the man, but she did anyway and as a result, she made the best of things caged up instead of free.
The entire family was quite amazing. Only i remain.
well what can i sayy roll tide but anyways this is my great great great aunt