I noticed recently that David McCullough has written a new popular history book entitled The Wright Brothers and it was number one on the NYT bestsellers list as I write to you.
David McCullough has also written excellent books that you may have either read or heard of—he is one of my favorite writers. He wrote Brave Companions: Portraits in History, 1776, Truman, and The Path between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914.
Not only can McCullough write but he is an excellent narrator having put his voice to numerous documentaries directed by Ken Burns, including Emmy Award winning The Civil War and Academy Award nominated Brooklyn Bridge as well as many others. For this reason and more I look forward to reading about the Wright Brothers who have an interesting tie-in to us Methodist folk.
William Barker relates the story of a bishop from the East Coast who may years ago paid a visit to a small, mid-western religious college. He stayed at the home of the college president, who also served as professor of physics and chemistry. After dinner, the bishop declared that the millennium couldn’t be far off, because just about everything about nature had been discovered and inventions conceived.
The young college president politely disagreed and said he felt that there would be many more discoveries. Then the angered bishop challenged the president to name just one such invention. The president replied he was certain that within fifty years people would be able to fly.
“Nonsense!” sputtered the outraged bishop. “Only angels are intended to fly.”
The bishop’s name was Wright, and he had two boys at home who would prove to have greater vision than their father. Their names: Orville and Wilbur.