REMEMBERING JOE VAUGHAN (1930-2016)
My friend Joe Vaughan, owner of Grandmaster Kites, passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 15th, 2016. He was 85.
He was well known for his exceptional skills in flying single line manoeuvrable kites with and without wind, and for his open and generous character. A professor of Marine Biology at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania for over 20 years, he retired in 1986, bought Grandmaster Kites, and became a professional kite flier.
During the following two decades he was an active presence in the worldwide kite scene attending kite festivals in various continents and introducing countless people to single line manoeuvrable flying with his inexhaustible expertise and enthusiasm. He will be missed by everyone.
The photographs below show Joe flying a Grandmaster kite inside a hall in Toronto, Canada, in 1989, during a series of kite workshops at the Ontario Science Center and as part of an exhibition on Leonardo Da Vinci.
Here's Joe test-flying a ripstop Grandmaster, a prototype made by myself around 1990, in the backyard of his home in Mifflinville, Pennsylvania.