Dear Ms. Susan Dewing,
When I was a youngster in the mid 1960's (I'm 59 now), I lived in Hazlet here in Monmouth County N.J. Hazlet was not the name of the area, however, back in the early days of the 20th century. I'm not sure what is was called in those days. As kids, we used to play in an old derelict abandoned house on Middle Road in the town. It may have once belonged to the Hendrickson family who were prominent there, way-back-when. There was lots of old junk in the house like newspapers, magazines etc. I collected stamps in those days so when my eye caught sight of an old one-cent postcard on the floor, I picked it up for my collection. It is postdated May 24, 1912, and addressed to "Mr. Arnold Kruckman, c/o New York American, New York City". The reverse reads: "Am having an aerial joy ride with Paul Peck, 1,500 ft. above Nassau Boulevard". Donald Phillips
At the time I wondered who these people were, but as a child, I soon forgot about it. A few years ago, 45 years later, I came across the postcard again with my old stamp collection and out of curiosity, decided to research the names on the card on the Internet. Imagine my surprise to come upon a Paul Peck website. Apparently he was an old-time aviator of some renown in the early years of the 20th century. Evidently this "aerial joyride" took place just a few months before Peck's untimely death later in 1912. A further internet search of Arnold Kruckman showed him to be a prominent journalist at the time who was interested in aviation and who later became an aviation Commissioner. I didn't know who Donald Phillips was though, which is why I posted the query which I am delighted you answered!
I would love to know more about your grandfather and his life, his interest in aviation and how he was acquainted with Paul Peck, Arnold Kruckman and the Hendrickson family. Please contact me anytime by telephone (732) 542-0627 so we can chat or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org I am most interested in speaking with you about this fascinating little historical story. I very much look forward to hearing from you soon!
Yours Very Truly,
Michael V. Terzano
18 Society Hill Way
Tinton Falls, NJ 07724
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