After being born in Frankfurt (that would be Germany, not Kentucky), Jay's family moved to Vandalia, Ohio where Jay spent his time learning to play the greatest game ever (baseball), by smacking the daylights out of fastballs from his next door neighbor Roger Clemens. (Disclaimer: At 9 years of age, this would have been a pre-steroid era.)
During his high school years at Carlisle High School, Jay spent most of his free time at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Center helping his Dad to build the condominiums at the course for a variety of Cincinnati sport's legends like Nancy Lopez, Ross Browner, Tom Seaver and others. In 1981 he watched his father build the ATP Tennis Stadium for the likes of Connors, McEnroe, Lendl and Borg.
Jay's passion for baseball continued thru 1983 when he was invited to tryout for the 1984 US Olympic Baseball Team. A torn hamstring six weeks before the tryouts ended his baseball dream. (He was able to write about the greatest game ever played for Reader's Digest, winning their Editor's Choice award and having it read by more than 88 million people worldwide.)
It was then Jay's attention turned towards the airline industry, where he loved the daily challenges of cancelled flights, delayed luggage (they weren't referred to as 'lost' until they were MIA for 90 days), weather problems and the always-wonderful Sunday after Thanksgiving! Cities Jay worked at included Monroe (LA), Florence (AL), Cincinnati, and Dayton. It was also during these years Jay was able to serve as the Travel Coordinator for the Detroit Lions - spending his Sunday afternoons on the NFL sidelines!
Jay continues that adrenaline rush by educating travelers with information specifically designed to help them find the cheapest of fares, resolve complaints, and having multiple options when flights are cancelled.
Jay lives in the Dayton area with his wife, Sherry and their two boys, and his older daughters serve as nurses to Dayton area hospitals.
If you have any questions, you can contact Jay through his Day Trading website - he is an avid Day Trader and teaches others on his system. (www.daytradefun.com)
Mornings on Jim Scott's show
I had the pleasure of first meeting Neil Armstrong in the Summer of 1998, during a golf outing at the NCR Country Club in Dayton. What started as small talk, grew to more than 14 years of conversation and emails - mostly about aviation.
Neil Armstrong was clearly a historical figure, but one that looked ahead and seldom back. Ask him a question about his Gemini or Apollo days and you would get (at best) a short, but clearly well thought out reply. Ask a question about aviation and your reply would be much more involved and would certainly last longer than 60 seconds.
His favorite air show was the Dubai Air Show, where many advancements in private and commercial aviation would be highlighted. He was always asking questions, learning at every moment as he would stroll past aircraft new and old. For a man who was reserved when it came to public appearances, when the subject of aviation rolled around Neil Armstrong’s passion was clearly evident.
Many times I would tap his incredible aviation knowledge for my on-air reports, which was quite ironic given his dedicated effort to avoid radio interviews. I recall asking about the Hudson River landing of the US Airways flight in 2009 and in his usual brevity he replied, “Certainly uncommon, but I did not see any miraculous about it. The passengers didn’t even seem to be shook up.”
We lost a local legend this weekend and while most of the world will reflect on a man known for space exploration, my thoughts will be on his love for aviation and his forward vision. Perhaps that’s a lesson we can all learn from the first man on the moon, avoid looking back and look ahead with wonder at what marvels the future holds.