Arthur M. Godfrey Aviation Foundation
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Who is Arthur Godfrey, you may ask…
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Arthur Morton Godfrey August 31, 1903 –
Arthur Godfrey was loved by almost everyone. Godfrey was like the Uncle who came for morning coffee and sat in the kitchen and told you what was happening in his life. He told you all about the planes he flew and how safe it was to travel in airplanes. He was perhaps the main reason that society accepted commercial airlines as a mode of safe transportation back in the time when the public was questioning it due to a rash of high profile plane crashes. Godfrey flew his own airplanes and talked about his passion for flight all the time on the network air waves.
He was a one of the first network broadcasters and it was credited to him and his work ethic for building CBS network.
Arthur Godfrey was born in New York City on August 31, 1903. He hosted his Radio and television show, The Arthur Godfrey Show, (1948-1959). During his career, he discovered and show cased many new talents including Pat Boone, Julius LaRosa, Marion Marlowe, and many others. Known affectionately as “The Old Redhead,” Arthur piloted his own planes and was an early pioneer and promoter of civil aviation.
Captain Eddie Rickenbacken, who was famous the WWI “Ace of Aces” and the President of Eastern Airlines and Arthur became very good friends. Since Godfrey wanted to become an airline captain Rickenbacker allowed Arthur to go through the EAL captain school, thereby becoming a EAL captain. Godfrey later made a movie while flying a new Loclheed Constellation from New York to Miami to promote safety.
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