91-year-old Harvard Park resident skydives from 12,000 feet
Earlier this summer, Glenn Carlson, a resident of Harvard Park in Spokane, Wash., received a very unique gift from his children: a push out of a plane. Before he knew it, 91-year-old Glenn was 12,000 feet above the ground jumping out of an airplane with an instructor strapped to his back.
The only thing going through my mind was concern that I was doing the right thing at the right times, said Carlson. I wanted to experience the feeling of jumping, especially since I had never bailed out of a plane as a Navy pilot.
Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, Glenn attended Ohio State University and served as a pilot in the Navy. He began his career as a radio announcer and transitioned to a program traffic supervisor at NBC Universal upon moving to Hollywood. After leaving the radio industry, he found his true passion and became a pastor. He enrolled at the San Francisco Theological Seminary in the fall of 1951 and felt like, in his words, two blocks of cement were lifted from my shoulders. While at the seminary as a student, Glenn taught courses in radio and TV ministry. He then went on to earn a PhD in theology at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
Although he enjoyed his jump immensely, Glenn thinks it will be his first and last skydiving experience. However, it will always be a fun story to share among his fellow residents at the independent senior living community, who Glenn describes as friendly and delightful people.
Thanks for sharing your story, Glenn. Sounds like a rush!
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