Benjamin Franklin, We Salute You

Nelson Handel
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Actress Lauren Bacall once said, “Imagination is the highest kite that one can fly,” and nothing prompts flights of fancy like the sight of a soaring kite. To fly a kite is to shake hands with the wind. Kites are great unifiers, cutting across specious social boundaries with a flick of their whimsical tails. From the kite’s point of view, all God’s children have strings. We got philosophical with some ground crew members at Redondo Beach at a July 2001 gathering by the Sunshine Kite Co.

Slavka and Jan Rehacek, Buena Park (biplane kite, $20):

How do you resemble your kite?

Jan: I’m a pilot. It goes with the territory.

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