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Sunday, November 26, 2006

Keeping Amelia On Course

Stan Moody can still remember visiting "Amelia's Tower" with his father more than 50 years ago and learning of a famous aviator's connection to their Cape Cod farm.

One afternoon when Stan Moody's great-great-grandfather Samuel Moody Jr. was tending to his sprawling cranberry farm in the early 1930s, he was approached by a man who sought the highest point in Harwich, so goes the tale.

The mysterious stranger presented Moody with an odd request: his wife, Amelia, flew small aircraft and they were looking for an appropriate spot to construct a communications tower to relay her flight data and transmissions while she was practicing off the Cape coast. Jay Moody, on that walk with his son, said his great-grandfather allowed the man to erect the tower and it still stood there decades later. [Link]

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