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Phoenix superstar Jerry Foster


If you lived in Phoenix in the '70s, '80s, and '90s, you knew Jerry Foster. He was a Phoenix superstar.

If you don't know who Jerry is (yes, he's alive and well!), he flew a helicopter for the local news. And while that may not seem like much of a big thing nowadays, back when he did it, it was. And he did it with style!

Since this is the day of the internet, as I was pondering writing this post, I did some research on Jerry. It told me a lot of things I didn't know, and that really don't matter to me. What matters is how darn cool that guy was, flying that chopper over Phoenix. I can hear his voice, I can see his daring rescues (which they wouldn't allow nowadays).

Flying over Fountain Hills, Arizona

One thing that I did read, which I very much agree with, is that Jerry was a cowboy. And in the very best sense of the word, he was, riding that helicopter like a bucking bronco! If you can't imagine a cowboy in a helicopter, then you don't know Jerry Foster.

Good morning, Arizona!

Image at the top of this post: Jerry Foster (on the left) with Barry Goldwater in 1973.

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