‘Bagful of experiences’ for Probus

A ‘bagful of experiences’ is the only comment one could make to sum up the latest speaker to Peterhead Probus Club, who provided a rich biographical talk, all under the heading of ‘Light Aircraft Flying experiences’.

At its recent meeting in the Palace Hotel Probus welcomed Ken Short, pilot and journalist, to talk to members.

From his early beginnings in Glasgow, Ken traced his journey in life from his early days to his teenage days, his training as pilot in Australia, his experiences flying in Kansas crop-dusting, then, returning to Scotland and his work on the Ellon Times and Fraserburgh Herald.

This was a good-humoured presentation, with diagrams on the laws of flying and photographs of a variety of small aircraft flown, interlaced with stories about his difficulties in romance, the difficulties of having hysterical passengers in the cockpit of small aircraft, how accidents can happen when crop-spraying or just plain ignorance of the laws of physics while in the air can be fatal!

However, it was his experiences as a journalist while working in Washington State that really caught the members’ attention.

His work in investigating sex offenders and the experiences they had whilst incarcerated in maximum security prisons provided a more sober note to his talk.

In his vote of thanks, Jim Aitken thanked Ken for enjoyable and very personal view of Light Aircraft experiences.

The next meeting of Probus is to be held on Tuesday, March 24, in the Palace Hotel at 10am. Guest speaker on that occcasion will be Suzy Gentle, development officer, Age Scotland.