Fond Goodbye to Boys

Flight home from Arlington, VA

September 16 - 19, 2011



Part 1: Memphis to Arlington, VA

Part 3: Visit to McLean handicap Park

Part 2: Family Celebrate First Birthday

Part 4: Arlington, VA to Memphis


- Updated November 2, 2011


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September 19, 2011 – Monday – From Nolan’s’ Arlington home to Memphis home


Father Casey Nolan holds twin sons Carden (left) and Aiden in Arlington, VA home

We arose about 8 a.m. at the Marriott Hotel at Tyson’s Corner, Virginia. I ordered my now-customary club sandwich with a Diet Coke for breakfast while packed our limited gear. We checked out and drove a few miles to Casey’s and Caroline’s nice home in nearby Arlington, a morning drive of about 40 minutes. We learned on arrival that the boys were still taking their morning naps so I spent a good bit of my remaining time in Virginia at Casey’s work area in the renovated basement, reading and making editing notations here and there on my first cousin’s excellent manuscript on his long-ago employer, the Boeing Co.,, the formerly Seattle-based designer and manufacturer of airplanes that became one of the most successful companies ever founded in the U.S.


Dr. Richard Lewis “Dick” Nolan, who has written or co-authored more than 20 non-fiction books used in advanced business college classrooms, had been a distinguished, senior professor in the Harvard University Business School (HBS) until his retirement a couple of years ago to accept an endowed chair by Boeing at his alma mater, the University of Washington.


While nobly eschewing any direct credit, I’ve long thought Dick artfully had an influence on Casey’s scholarship and family affection while our son was at Harvard. Casey Lewis Earle Nolan was the fourth Nolan generation to carry the name “Lewis.”)  With Dick’s example of outstanding scholarship and a career dedicated to excellence, Casey earned his MBA from Harvard Business School in 2004 at a magnificent ceremony attended by me, Betty and his future wife, Caroline.


Dick, who has been my hero since I spent part of a summer with him and his family near Seattle as an adolescent, generously attended (with his lovely and charming wife, Pam), Casey and Caroline’s wedding in Atlanta at a time when I was hospitalized and recovering from a brain aneurysm. Later, knowing about my career work in newspapering and corporate communications, he further honored me by asking for comment on his new manuscript about the history and dynamics of his onetime employer, Boeing.


I had greatly enjoyed wading my way through the first 236 pages (roughly half the total) of his latest and possibly his last planned new book, “Corporate Leadership and Management Into the 21st Century.” My editing notes stated that after reading 86 pages, “I can say without reservation that it is the finest new book I’ve read in a very long time.”


As a onetime book reviewer at The Commercial Appeal (a Scripps-Howard newspaper I served as Business Editor in Mermphis, I’m quite sure I had not seen a new book of this quality and readability since 1976, when I favorably reviewed the wonderful “Interview with the Vampire” by the great novelist Anne Rice, then living in New Orleans. That book, about a fiction vampire of that city, became the first in a series celebrated in publishing and Hollywood circles that made a very successful movie starring Tom Cruise.


While I worked on my honest and hopefully helpful comments regarding Dick’s outstanding book on Boeing, Betty enjoyed playing with our grandsons at Casey and Caroline’s home. Ron Glass, Lauren Cardon and Aaron DuCoffe had flown to their separate homes the previous evening while JoAnn (the wife or mother of the named three) had stayed over another night to spend more time with her daughter, Casey and her two grandchildren.


Casey drove Betty and me to the Reagan National Airport after a nice lunch of leftover ham and turkey sandwiches. Our AirTran flight to Atlanta was out of the old terminal I used from about 1984 until 1996 when flying in and out of Washington on government relations business for my former employer, Schering-Plough.


Our AirTran flights were mostly full on the way home, departing DC at 2:46 p.m. and Atlanta at 6:20 p.m. after connecting there. We arrived in Memphis on schedule about 6:30 p. m. (local time) and after collecting our luggage without any problems rode a van to the Fast Park car lot, picked up  our car and drove home. Betty was suffering a mild onset of stomach cramps but cooked me a meal of her perfect ham and eggs for dinner. After emailing news of our safe arrival home to family and few friends, I went to bed about 9 p.m., very tired but satisfied with our brief trip and too-short visit with our son and his and Caroline’s family.


Now it’s time to turn our attention to planning next month’s cruise from Quebec City, Canada to ports in the area and New England and down the Atlantic Seaboard to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.


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