I started Wednesday morning like many others — checking on the day’s news. Never mind that Nancy Grace will be dancing with Tristan MacManus on DWTS this season. My eyes went straight to a story about companies that pay less in federal taxes than they do in CEO salaries.
The New York Times reported Wednesday on 25 of them, including Boeing. About that same time, an e-alert from Phoenix Theatre crossed my virtual desk — reminding me that opportunities to see their production of “Boeing, Boeing” will be gone after Sept 11. The Broadway production won a 2008 Tony Award for best revival of a play.
My daughter Lizabeth will be seeing the final performance of “Catch Me If You Can” on Broadway this weekend after flying back East to start college theater studies. It’s the tale of a teenager who dons different identities, including airplane pilot, after running away from home in search of a more glamorous life.
If there’s an airplane aficionado in your family, consider a visit to the Commemorative Air Force Museum at Falcon Field in Mesa — a place I often visited with my son Christopher, now 22, when he was a little boy enamored by anything with wheels. It’s got a cool collection of planes and other military items.
In coming days, we’ll all be tempted to focus again on the planes used to take thousands of lives ten years ago on 9/11. Instead, let’s honor the many heroes of that day, including those aboard United Airlines flight 93 who saved our nation from even greater tragedy.
Note: To learn more about the national 9/11 Memorial, visit www.911memorial.org
Coming up: Remembering 9/11, Bunny tales, More “Dance Moms” musings