Posts Tagged ‘Flying Man’

Jack Huyler – Thacher School

February 3, 2010

Interview with Jack Huyler


RJ with Jack Huyler at Thacher School

We drove to Ojai, California to interview Jack Huyler at the Thacher School where
John Myers went to school as a child.  John Myers and Howard Hughes graduated
in the same class at Thacher.  Jack was a life long friend of John Myers.  We interviewed
Jack for my new documentary “Flying Man: Life and Times of John Myers.”

To learn more about this documentary, go to www.flyingmandocumentary.com

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Kent Kresa – Chairman of GM, Northrop

February 3, 2010

Interview with Kent Kresa

Kent Kresa is the former Chairman of General Motors and Northrop Grumman.
I interviewed Kent about his memories of Johnny Myers for my documentary
“The Flying Man: Life and Times of John Myers.”  Kent is a great guy and he
is a real visionary about the future of aviation and space travel.
To learn more about this documentary, go towww.flyingmandocumentary.com

Peter Allen talks about Johnny Myers – Part 1

October 23, 2009

Peter Allen talks about Johnny Myers – Part 2

October 23, 2009

Carroll Shelby talks about John Myers (“Flying Man”)

October 7, 2009

I really enjoyed meeting Carroll Shelby. He talked alot about his growing, his father, his heroes, and car racing. Here he talks about his friend John Myers aka “Flying Man.”

To learn more about this documentary go to http://www.flyingmandocumentary.com

Tom Jones remembers his friend John Myers (“Flying Man”)

October 7, 2009

Here is a short video from our interview with Tom Jones for my documentary film “Flying Man: Life and Times of John Myers.”

You can learn more about this film at www.flyingmandocumentary.com

John Gavin – Actor (“Psycho”), Ambassador to Mexico, Friend of Johnny Myers

September 3, 2009
Director RJ McHatton with John Gavin

Director RJ McHatton with John Gavin

John Gavin during acting career

John Gavin during acting career

I drove up the windy road up to the top of the hill looking over Beverly Hills and to all of LA, to the home of John Gavin.  I was there to interview John Gavin for my documentary “Flying Man: Life and Times of Johnny Myers.”  John Gavin was a successful actor in Hollywood during the 50s and 60s, in movies like “Psycho” for Alfred Hitchcock.  He also was a successful businessman and then became the Ambassador to Mexico under Ronald Reagan.  John was also a good friend of Johnny Myers for over 25 years.  John likes to be called “Jack” Gavin.  We sat together as I recorded on video his memories of his friendship with Johnny Myers.  I could tell that Jack Gavin stilled misses Johnny Myers.  Jack talked about how he met John Myers at the Sunset Club.  Jack talked about the good times he had with Johnny Myers.  He talked about their times at the Los Angeles Country Club and at the Bohemian Grove outings.  Jack Gavin talked about John Myers the man.  He told me that Johnny Myers was a wise man, a humble man, a man whom he admired very much.  Jack talked about flying with Johnny Myers.  He told a story about how Johnny Myers could do rolls with the aircraft without anyone ever spilling their drinks.  He talked about the character of John Myers.  Jack talked about Lucia Myers and how she was the first woman on the Bank of America Board of Directors.  Jack talked about Johnny Myers’ sense of humor and how he used to call himself “skinhead” because of his balding hairline.  Jack Gavin said it must have been contagious, pointing to his own hairline with a smile.  Jack was very nice in our interview and he did a great job in describing many excellent stories about John Myers.  He talked about the great aviation stories that Johnny Myers would tell, only if asked.  He said that Myers wasn’t the type of person who talked about the past unless you dragged it out of him.  Jack Gavin talked about how kind Johnny Myers was to everyone and how he had great courage.  Not the kind of courage one brags about.  The humble kind of courage. I could tell that Jack Gavin had many fond memories of his experiences with John Myers.   Thanks, Jack Gavin, for taking the time to talk about your friend, Johnny Myers.

Peter Mullin – CEO of MullinTBG, Car Collector, Philanthropist, Friend to Johnny Myers

September 2, 2009

 

Director RJ McHatton with Peter Mullin

Director RJ McHatton with Peter Mullin

It was a warm day in Brentwood.  I was driving to meet Peter Mullin, CEO of MullinTBG, to interview him for my documentary “Flying Man: Life and Times of Johnny Myers.”  Peter is a great guy.  He is a car lover.  My dad was a car lover and I think I am a car lover, too.  I saw a show on the SPEED channel last year that showed Peter Mullin and his car collection.  Peter has one of the world’s greatest collections of French classic automobiles.  From Bugatis to Delahayes, Peter has one.  He is also a great race driver himself.  Trophies and ribbons and placques are everywhere.  Peter is a successful businessman, but I could tell the race car trophies mean a lot.  Peter did an excellent job in the interview.  We discussed his friendship with Johnny Myers.  Peter talked about John’s integrity and his love for automobiles.  He said that John used to come over and look under the hood of these incredible cars.  Peter talked about the incredible character in the man John Myers.  He said that he was a rare man indeed.  I really enjoyed my time with Peter Mullin.  He seemed like a good man.  It is interesting to me how so many of the successful business people I am meeting all have a similar focus on the importance of values and character and integrity.  I told Peter about how much my Dad loved Model A Fords and had restored many.  Peter said, “they were a great car.”  As I looked around at the incredible high end French classic cars, I thought how Model As would compete against such beauty and grace.  Peter talked about how the French auto makers used aviation design to enhance the aerodynamics of these French automobiles so many years ago.  As you look at the smooth lines of these cars you can see a lot of aviation in those cars.  Maybe John Myers could see that too.

You can see a nice inteview with Peter from the SPEED channel by clicking here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_m8kdJVQsms 

H. Russell Smith – Businessman, Philanthropist, Friend to Johnny Myers

September 2, 2009

 

H. Russell Smith with Director RJ McHatton

H. Russell Smith with Director RJ McHatton

It was a little bit smokey over in Pasadena this afternoon.  There was a 120,000 acre fire up in the foothills.  But it was pretty nice down in Pasadena.  I was there to interview H. Russell Smith, former CEO of Avery Dennison and good friend of Johnny Myers for over 75 years.  Russ had agreed to be interviewed for my new documentary “Flying Man: Life and Times of Johnny Myers.”  Russ was originally from Ohio and his family settled into the Whittier area in the 1920s.  Russ had some great stories about his youth and his family history.  His family were Quaker farmers who raised Russ with tremendous values and integrity.  Russ went to high school with Richard Nixon.  Russ always had interest in economics and political science so he won a scholarship to Pomona College where he was the captain of the track team.  After college Russ went to work for Kidder Peabody investment banking in New York City.  This was in the middle of the Great Depression.  He spent a year working in Switzerland during the late 1930s. Upon returning to the US, he worked for a year with Blue Diamond until the war started.  He served in the US Navy during WWII.  After the war he took a leadership role in Avery Adhesives (later Avery Dennison) where he rose to CEO.  He first met John Myers through John’s lovely wife Lucia.  Over the years John Myers and Russ Smith became close friends.  They were in a lot of clubs together including the California Club and the very exclusive Sunset Club.  Russ told me some great stories about his friendship with John Myers, including some of his fun flying adventures together.  Russ talked about Lucia Myers and her terrific personality and wisdom.  Russ did a fantastic interview and I really appreciate having the opportunity to meet him.  Russ talked about how John Myers was a handshake type of man.  I could see that Russ Smith was that type of man, too.  Russ and I talked about family history and biography.  He showed me two books he had written, one about his life and one about the letters he wrote to his mother throughout his life.  Russ signed his autobiography book and gave it to me.  I am grateful for his generosity.  As I started reading his book I learned how many charities and important causes that Russ has helped over the years and the list is long.  Pomona College.  Childrens Hospital. Philharmonic.  Psoriasis Research. The list goes on.  Russ is an inspiring man in many ways.

Tad Devine Interview

August 31, 2009

 

Director RJ McHatton with Tad Devine

Director RJ McHatton with Tad Devine

It was a warm and beautiful drive down to Corona Del Mar.  I was there to interview Tad Devine for my documentary “The Flying Man: Life and Times of Johnny Myers.”  Tad is a great guy.  He is the oldest son of the famous actor Andy Devine and he knew Johnny Myers ever since he was a little kid.  I have always been a fan of Andy Devine.  He was in my favorite movie of all time, the John Ford and John Wayne film “Stagecoach.”  Andy Devine had worked in Hollywood since the silent days, had tremendous success both in the movies and on television.  He had a very successful television show for many years.  Tad did a fantastic job in the interview.  He told me some fantastic stories about his family history, how his mother’s family raised horses and his father’s family ran a hotel in Kingman, Arizona for many years.  He talked about how his father came to Hollywood and got into the movies because of his football playing.  Tad told me how his father got that unique voice that became his trademark.  Then we talked about Johnny Myers.  Tad had met Johnny Myers when he was very young.  John Myers was one of the world’s first entertainment attorneys and had worked with many of the most famous movie stars in the 30s, including Bing Crosby and Andy Devine.  Over the years John Myers became more famous as a flyer and a test pilot.  But he kept in touch with his friends, including Tad Devine.  Tad talked about how their friendship endured all the way until Johnny died in his 90s.  I asked Tad if he could tell me stories of John Wayne, since John Wayne was always my number one hero.  Tad told me some great stories about John Wayne and his memories of his dad.  I could tell that Tad was very close to his father.  I am very grateful that Tad took the time to let me interview him for my movie about Johnny Myers.  It was a great experience.