Articles

Although digital technology and access is changing the use of our written world, we were proud to start our communication through the Journal. This wonderful “printed” blog approach came mostly from the editorial direction and pen of Scott Skinner, Ali Fujino, and our man in the field, Ben Ruhe. From years of Journal publications, we changed the format to be not a few individuals' view but to have individuals of the kite community use their own words to bring forth something innovative and exciting about the world of kites. Enter the current edited version of Discourse by Katie Davis, Scott Skinner, and Ali Fujino. Below are archived articles from both the Journal and Discourse.

Most Recent Articles

  • In the sky. Among the clouds. A kite at rest, still. A child’s kite. On it’s back, a child. A kite at rest, still. Something even our fine-feathered friends are incapable of achieving, this child’s kite in the sky with its passenger, unmoving. A point of stillness in the vast heavens.
  • Through surprising turns of fate, the Brookite company of Okehanpton, Dartmoor, in far southwest England, appears to be the oldest continuously operated kite company in England, and probably Europe. Brookite was registered as a business in 1906, although it may well been running before then, by the brothers Tommy and Walter Brooke. Mad for kites at a time when aviation was all the rage in Europe, the Brooke brothers peddled their kites at English beaches from a motorcycle. One brother flew kites, the other sold.
  • Modest to a fault, New York advertising executive Will Yolen in the l972-73 edition of Who’s Who in America billed himself as “kite-flying champion of the world.” There being no appreciable evidence for the claim, a newspaper columnist asked Yolen whether he constructed his own kites. “Did Babe Ruth make his own bats?” he demanded. “Does Heifeitz build violins?” “I took up kites as a warm weather leisure hobby because the existential concept of flying interests just about everybody, including me.” (Dr. Jeff Cain)
  • “We’re a friendly club,” one member of the North East Kite Fliers commented. Others nearby concurred. One produced an unasked for but much appreciated cup of tea for a guest as evidence of the general good will. Twenty years old and with 70 members, North East is unofficial host to the annual Sunderland weekend kite festival, one of the largest and best-run kite celebrations in England. The club embraces an area bounded by Counties Northumberland and Durham and the Tyne and Wear metropolitan region. It is just southeast of Scotland.
  • After 15 years, the annual kite retreat at Junction, Texas, retains its magic. Friendly people, kitemaking around the clock, sunny weather, a big sky, interesting wildlife, peace and quiet-------that’s Junction. Organized to a formula worked out by Betty Street and Dr. Bill Lockhart (Bettyandbill, Billandbetty, as they are known) and then continued on by regional enthusiasts after the two Texas Tech professors, of Lubbock, Texas, called it a day, the gathering over a long weekend last May emphasized casual creativity, as always.