Forever Mastadon ~ Episode 158
…Billy can’t let go of that unusual name thing, “Ajax Bannion—–do you know that Ajax was a Greek warrior?…
“Reverend Graham, it looks like you found yourself an airplane driver.”
Fanny Renwick should be jumping up and down on her hospital bed, if she were only within earshot of the meeting.
“It sounds like a wonderful opportunity Ajax Bannion,” Constance speaks for the group. “Between Fanny and me, I think we can keep Martin in line.”
“Ajax? I thought your name was Ace,” his Southern drawl angling toward the truth behind the man.
“Never mind that for now Mr. Graham,” the flyer is already planning for things skyward. “I flew out at O’Hare Field the other day and I saw this slick Basler BT-67, it’s a refurbished C-47 with Pratt & Whitney turbines, a versatile plane with transatlantic capabilities… and I am C-47 certified.”
“I know the Holy Bible inside and out Bannion, but when it comes to airplanes, I defer to those who fly them. If you believe this plane can transport me and my staff, let’s buy it and you can fly it.”
“It was too pricey for my pocketbook, but if you’ve got $65,000 buckaroos?” Ace wants to fly that plane. “I think I can Jew the owner down to 60, he seemed hot to trot.”
“Well I need the flexibility to go where I want, when I want and I’d rather have fixed costs for air travel,” he must operate his ministry like a business in order to have order. But he still can’t let go of that unusual name thing, “Ajax Bannion—-do you know that Ajax was a Greek warrior in the time of the Trojan War, I believe.”
“No Reverend Graham, my mother really liked the scouring powder.”
“Really, I never would have guessed!” he concludes.
“Why don’t I fly us out there to see that airplane?”
“When Jesus called Peter to join him, he said, ‘Drop your nets and come follow me’. I am certainly no Messiah, but Ajax Bannion, ‘let’s soar on the wings of eagles’.”
And so the die is cast. The Billy Graham Crusades gets its own bird.
CONSTANCE CARAWAY P.I.