Minnesota Pilot Makes Aviation History In 1949

The telephone jangled on March 2, 1949, in the big white house where Cornelius Gallagher and his wife, Rose, raised six children in Melrose, Minn. Then 73, the white-haired, blue-eyed émigré from Ireland had retired after nearly 50 years as a railroad engineer.

He quickly grew nervous when the caller asked if he was the father of Captain James Gallagher.

Jack Horner – Minnesota’s Picture Tube Powerhouse

It was 10:30 on a Sunday morning and Jack Horner was getting ready for church when his phone rang 70 years ago. The fourth of his six sons had just been born and now the 35-year-old radio sportscaster’s Sunday plans were about to change.