I’ll never forget the first time I saw Eves Tall Chief (we all call him just “Chief”) fly hang gliders in the mid-90s. It was at Ed Levin Park in Milpitas, CA. I was just a student at the time. He always liked to put on a show as he’s setting up to land—with a round of mild aerobatics like “wangs” & wingovers.
Later, after learning what I was doing, I got to share the ridge with him at Ft. Funston just south of San Francisco many times. He’s always a smiling and infectious joy to be around—chalk it up to his insatiable enthusiasm for life.
Check it out. He was featured in a Sutter Health commercial you may have seen on TV. One of the others in the video, Tim West, was a fellow student with me way back then.
Looks like the “mechanics of medicine” are the usual suspects and culprits, again.
Oh, one more thing. Chief has a bumper sticker on the back of his truck that always gives me a grin: “Indians Discovered America.” I guess that makes us all “illegal aliens.”
Update: Here’s a news story on the whole deal. As for flying Yosemite, Eves has launched from Glacier Point over 300 times. Far more than anyone else.