Oh, Lucky Man!

Sadly, Jon Proctor – the aviation historian, author and “Oh Lucky Man” who produced this website – died April 22, 2020 at age 78 after suffering a stroke in December. Click to read his obituary. His website is maintained here with his final writings and photos prior to suffering his stroke. Please browse and enjoy this visit into Jon’s illustrious life!

Welcome to my website!

Me and the DC-2Some have asked why I have not written a book about my life. Indeed, I’ve been fortunate to experience more than a lifetime of adventures, hence my title: “Oh, Lucky Man!”

Instead, this site is, and probably forever will be, a work in progress. In addition to expanding the Airline Career and Photography pages, I am adding other topics.

Go to the pull-down links at the top of this page for more topics.

BREAKING NEWS! I’ve just finished my latest airport photo page, entitled Eastern Time Zone Airports. Take a look!

Then sit back, relax and page through these, my stories; I hope you enjoy them.

Latest Updates
Eastern Time Zone AirportsJan 19, 2018
Midwestern AirportsFeb 18, 2017
San Diego Through the Years –  Mar. 24, 2017
Around the World I – May 18, 2015
Airports Out West – March 7, 2017
TWA’s TriStars – Dec. 23, 2014
Heath Proctor – Aviation Pioneer – Dec. 29, 2014
Chicago Photos Through the Years – Oct. 26, 2016
LAX Photos Through the Years – Dec. 27, 2016
NYC Photos Through the Years – March 13, 2017

‘Lucky Man’ Origin

My cousin, Dennis Brent, came up with this clever vanity plate down in California. To the casual observer, it may not register, but look closer. It’s yet another example of ingenuity by squeezing a longer thought into the maximum number of letters/numerals. I freely admit to stealing the idea (with permission!) and restoring the spelling.

Cousin Dennis acknowledges he’s a lucky man too.

As you can see by this picture, Dennis does, indeed, consider himself a lucky man. So do I. Lucky to have been born in America. Lucky to have grown up in a loving and caring family. Lucky to have enjoyed relatively good health. Lucky to have survived my younger years! But perhaps the luckiest part of my life has been to have found a career in an area so diverse and rewarding:  commercial aviation. At times, I couldn’t believe my employer was paying me to do what I loved so much.

So there you have it: the origin of “Oh, Lucky Man!”

Update!  I recently finished co-editing a new book with Jeff Kriendler. It is available on-line at www.twamemorybook.com