Does a good man’s life end at his death?
The answer for daughter Lisa Reinicke was, “No.” Her father was known by many names: Buster, Bill, Billy, Dad, and the Football Flyboy. His deeds, no matter how small, should be passed down to family, friends, and anyone looking for inspiration, and life-lessons from one who worked, lived and part of the Greatest Generation. The Football Flyboy was young, newlywed and a pilot in WWII. He was a good man.
One weekend morning, she determined that his spirit should not stay silent just because his mouth could no longer speak words. “I open my dad’s old air force footlocker - still solid, battleship grey, weathered, and a little rough from travel and age. His name is in white lettering on the front: First Lt William R Cannon.”
What she discovered were yellowed envelopes bound in twine - hundreds of them - that her father had written to her mother. Letters written daily during the last year of WWII and received by his bride. Her daily letters disappeared - only three times during the year, did the “mailman” catch up with him and teased with just a few of the hundreds.
“Before reaching inside, there was a feeling of the hands of time grabbing onto my heart, knowing that this was such a huge part of not only his life but my mom’s as well.”
Meet Bill “Buster” Cannon, the Football Flyboy … a good man with a good life who made a difference.
Lisa Reinicke is the majority holder of Our House Publications and author of 4 published children’s picture books for sale on Amazon and independent book stores. Lisa was honored with the Mom's Choice Gold Award for lifetime literary excellence for her children's book "Wings and Feet in 2017. She is a storyteller and author of 35 children’s stories appearing on local TV shows, elementary schools, and bookstores. The stories have been published in 3 collective recordings for distribution for A Goodnight Sleep Company. She also produced online (virtual) training for service advisors and technicians. Lisa served as head writer and on-camera talent in the videos. Her books are entertaining yet focus on social issues that engage children and parents to discuss. Her four children were all uniquely different ranging from physical differences, adoption, and physiological disorders that lead her following experts in each field to help children overcome the stigma around being different.
Lisa passionately works raising money for charities that improve children’s lives physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
It's not good for humanity to be alone. The quest for community often has us choosing the group that is closest in proximity of our surroundings.. Then we try to fit in to an already established group.
This letter that Dad wrote shows that he was not willing to FIT in with the established clique of the platoon.
The majority of his squadron would go to town, get intoxicated, and let off steam. To commune would mean that he would join and have the same values.
He was strong enough to realized that those attributes did not agree with his standards.
Dad knew that he did need a community that would support his interests and goals.He found that in a group of eight or nine men.
In writing this book, I realized that he didn't ostracize himself from other communities. He brought his values into those other circles and as a result they embraced him.
But his need for fellowship came from a small tribe of friends that encouraged him to stay true to his self and the core of his beliefs.
Football Flyboy: First Lt. Bill Cannon, Piloting More than His Own Aircraft
Something happened last night. I was passing by the chapel(Army Church) and they were having a song service—just 8 or9 men and the Chaplin. So I went in and it made me feel something, especially through the prayer.