Reflections on time and space

By Christine Murray

A lot of the stories I write for Antenna are fixed in space, but not in time. This was on my mind recently as I interviewed Stan Abele, a charming WWII veteran, about an aircraft he flew during the war.

He described his first flight in an F4F Wildcat like it had just happened yesterday.  That immediately sent me thinking about visitors standing beneath that very airplane on the flight deck of the USS Midway Museum.

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The Wildcat looms over guests, low enough so they can touch its wheels, duck underneath its wings, peer into its cockpit.

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As a writer, the key is to acknowledge that “fixed-in-space" experience, but transcend it as well, to deliver a present-tense moment that exists – in a storytelling sense – outside the constraints of time.   All, of course, in the span of about 90 seconds.

Read more from Christine about the USS Midway here.

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