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Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Tuesday, November 5, 1968

Mrs. Scott displays poster heralding her flying skills.

America's First Woman Aviator
Yes, She'd Like Moon Trip
By Mary McKee

Blanche Stuart Scott wouldn't hesitate to accept a chance to fly around the Moon.
"And I'd be scared to death while I went, too," Americas first woman aviator to fly solo said in an interview yesterday in her courtyard flat at the Normandie Apartment Hotel, 253 Alexander St. 

But no lunar landing for her. "There wouldn't be much life on the Moon now," she observed.

And "life" is very important to the woman who took to the air in Hammondsport in 1910 when places were box kites and well-bred young ladies' names were in the newspaper only for birth, marriage and death.

Mrs. Scott won plaudits as the first woman to drive an automobile across the continent. She has been a screen writer, lecturer, Air Force consultant and public relations director, and radio commentator here and in Los Angeles in addition to her flying feats. The walls of her apartment, lines with trophies, plaques and certificates, attest to her fame.

Still one more honor will come to the former "Tomboy of the Air" next month when Mrs. Scott will be among 50 guest of honor at a $100-a-plate dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York.

Sponsored by the worldwide Explorers Club, the Dec. 10 event will pay tribute to the aviation industry and benefit the club's World Center for Exploration Foundation, a non profit scientific-educational organization.

The pioneer aviatrix whose family came to Rochester in 1810 from Connecticut, has maintained and aura of feminity envied by many but achieved by few. It's present in her salty tongue, a gift for original phrases, a rich, contralto voice (she claims it's trained) and her love of bright coral clothing.

On femininity she observed: "I have always been glad I was a small woman (a hair over five feet, with trim proportions) because your femininity is taken for granted. And I have always been sorry for those large, big-boned, 5'10" women because men don't wait on them and very often they are more feminine than the small ones, who are very often bossy."

And just as any other woman prepares for a big event, Mrs. Scott is already making preparations for the New York trip (by air, of course).

Of that day in September 1910, she said, "My flying was an accident and I actually feel pretty humble about it.  Anybody could have flown. Sophie Glutz could have flown two day ahead of me. The Baroness de laRoche of France flew two weeks earlier. I never forgave her for it."

A younger Mrs. Scott learning to fly a Glenn H. Curtiss plane.

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"If anything I'm underpaid." Minutes later the town board accepted without question the 1969 budget with the supervisor's salary intact.

A $738,652 CONTRACT for construction of a Route 31 bridge over Oak Orchard Creek at Medina was awarded by the state yesterday to Bull Construction Co. of Liverpool. Completion date is December 1969.

WEBSTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL pupils can breathe a little easier this year - they'll have to take only three report cards home instead of four. The change was made as part of an effort to improve the grading system.

HENRIETTA'S $75,000 snorkel's ready for "serious business," says Genesee Valley Fire Department Chief John Georger. It's taken five months to train firemen to use the 85-foot snorkel and to make equipment modifications. Until now it's been used only for parades and celebrations.

AFTER SEVERAL YEARS of unsuccessful attempts, the East Rochester village board said last night it has persuaded the state to erect a traffic signal at the intersection of Fairport Road and Main Street. The board's most recent attempt followed a fatal accident there on Aug. 7.

PENFIELD HAS BEEN INVADED by the beauty brigade. Twenty-seven Rochester Institute of Technology students tramped through Penfield yesterday looking for ways to pretty up the town. They'll come up with beautification suggestions in January. A similar RIT project got under way last week in Naples.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC comes to Greece Nov. 15 and 16 when the all-state music festival will be at Greece Olympia High School. About 425 students from 35 school districts are expected to participate in the festival, sponsored by the State School Music Association.

PATRICIA HART OF GREECE has been elected homecoming queen at the State University College at Potsdam. She's the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Hart of 308 West Craig Hill Drive.

EISENHOWER COLLEGE went over the top in its $500,000 fund raising appeal. A total of 2,343 contributions made gifts of $535,504, which will be used for immediate operating expenses.

IF YOU'RE GOING TO TALK about attracting more bus riders, why not do it in a bus? That's what RIT senior James B. Brown decided, so Thursday the Rochester Transit System is sending a bus to the campus to serve as a think tank for business administration students discussing how to get more people to ride the bus during non-rush hours.

SEPTEMBER'S  "POLICE OFFICE OF THE MONTH" is Detective Elmer Jennejahn, who had to cling to the hood of a car while the woman driver he had tried to arrest drove several blocks trying to shake him off. The Jaycees give the award.

CONSTRUCTION ON THE $190,000 Southside Church of Christ at 1484 Calkins Road, Henrietta, will begin this week. Southside church was formed about a year ago by families who moved to Henrietta from the South and Southeast. They've been meeting at the Southeast YMCA branch.

Two Streets Will Be 'Lots'

 The city planning board yesterday cleared the way for additional parking around Kodak Park by recommending abandonment of two streets requested by Kodak.

The board recommended abandoning Azo and Riverton streets. The Riverton recommendation was made on condition that Kodak comply with conditions set by the city engineer regarding storm sewers.

The board, however, disapproved abandoning Lauderdale Park, also requested by Kodak, because a new road someday may go through there. The board instead recommended that  City Council explore granting an easement to Kodak for part of the street.

Kodak  plans to develop parking lots on the abandoned street.

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