Posts Tagged ‘John Myers’

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

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

Warren Christopher – Secretary of State, Friend to Johnny Myers

September 4, 2009

 

Warren Christopher with Director RJ McHatton

Warren Christopher with Director RJ McHatton

It was a sunny day in Century City.  I was there at the headquarters of the famous law firm O’Melveny & Myers to interview Warren Christopher for my documentary “Flying Man: Life and Times of Johnny Myers.”  Warren Christopher is the former Secretary of State under President Bill Clinton, and a man who has dedicated his life to service.  Warren Christopher knew Johnny Myers for many years.  They both were members of the Sunset Club and both had worked for O’Melveny & Myers.  Warren told me some great stories about Johnny Myers.  Warren felt that Johnny Myers represented the Walter Mitty in every attorney because he lived such an adventurous life, even though he started as an attorney.  Warren told me the history of the O’Melveny and Myers law firm.  He told me about how Johnny Myers’ father was Supreme Court Justice in California who went partners with O’Melveny to create one of the nation’s most successful and prestigious law firms.  Warren Christopher told me the story about how John Myers became the nation’s first entertainment attorney, representing many famous Hollywood actors including George Murphy and Bing Crosby.  He talked about how Johnny’s passion for flying led him to become the Chief Test Pilot for Lockheed, then going over to Northrop for the P-61 and the Flying Wing.  Johnny Myers was one of the only test pilots who worked for both Lockheed and Northrop at the same time.  Warren talked about how he and Johnny Myers enjoyed great friendship and experiences as members of the Sunset Club.  He talked about how Johnny Myers had such a contagious laugh.  In the later years, Johnny Myers would still come by the office sometimes.  One time John Myers did a slideshow of his flying exploits for the O’Melveny & Myers team.  Warren talked about how even today new hire attorneys are told about the history of the firm, about the two founders and their values and integrity, and also about the fun and exciting adventures of Johnny Myers.  Warren talked about the courage and character of his friend John Myers.  Warren talked about how John Myers was a man with strong values, like his father.   Warren talked about the sense of humor or John Myers.  He told the story about John Myers was flying once with this very heavy set lawyer and they were flying from the East Coast to the West Coast.  Evidently the plane was having trouble making it over the Rocky Mountains with such a heavy load, so John Myers dropped off the lawyer and had him take a train or bus to the other side of the Rockies where he picked him up and on they went on their journey.  I really enjoyed meeting Warren Christopher and appreciate him taking the time to talk about John Myers.

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.

David Price – CEO American Airports, Aviator, Friend to Johnny Myers

September 2, 2009

 

David Price with Director RJ McHatton

David Price with Director RJ McHatton

It was a beautiful day in Santa Monica.  I was there to interview David Price for my documentary “Flying Man: Life and Times of Johnny Myers.”  David Price is a very nice guy.  I could tell that immediately.  He came from very humble beginnings to become a very successful businessman, aviator, and spiritual inspiration to many people.  David Price is the CEO of American Airports, the largest developer and operator of airports in the country.  He was the founder of American Golf Corp which managed over 300 golf courses.  He also is the founder of a Christian school and  the Museum of Flying in Santa Monica.  During our interview, David was awesome.  He showed me some airplane models all over his office.  These were models of all the different planes he has flown.  David’s eyes lit up when talking about each plane.  As we toured his office, David showed me his diploma certificate when he graduated from UCLA law school, pictures of his time as an attorney for O’Melveny & Myers, and he was very proud of a bell from the USS Arizona from Pearl Harbor.  As we sat down for the interview David reminisced about his friend John Myers.  I couldn’t get the camera started fast enough.  David was moved by him memories.  We talked a bit about his own life.  David really is a self-made man.  He came from humble beginnings. He is the son of Welsh immigrants  but did go to college studying economics at USC and then went to law school at UCLA.  He was a US Navy pilot  during the early 1950s.  He missed the Korean War, but clocked in lots of flying time as flight instructor.  He talked about his childhood in the Santa Monica area where Lockheed was building airplanes for the war.  He remembered seeing all the pilots in their flight suits.  This was where he probably got the bug for aviation.  He remembered all the cool interesting airplanes he saw in his youth. David talked about his first solo flight in an airplane.  That is a moment that most pilots will never forget.  David talked about his love for airplanes, especially those planes from WWII.  He owns a few now and tries to fly as much as possible.  He talked about his flying in the Reno Air Races and about the tremendous friends he has met through aviation, including his friend General Bill Anders.   I asked David to talk about those days at O’Melveny & Myers, his first law firm experience.  He talked about the incredible fundamental values he learned from those days.  He said they were very professional, efficient, and extremely dedicated to honest day work ethic.  Over the years David enjoyed working with many of the Hollywood celebrities who were clients of O’Melveny & Meyers.  He told stories about working with movie stars like Marlon Brando and Bing Crosby.  He talked about working with actor William Holden and negotiating the pay for his role in “Bridge Over the River Kwai.”  David told about his blessings to have met and learned from some wonderful mentors over the years. He talked about a turning point in his life when he met Joseph Drown, a local businessman and real estate investor.  He quit the law firm and went to work with Drown, which led him to leadership positions in several businesses like Getty Financial Corp, Beachcomber restaurants and the Bel Air Hotel.  Then David went into the Golf business and the rest is history.  During our interview, it was very interesting to me how David Price could recite Shakespeare and quotes from the Bible.  We talked about John Myers and his being such a great friend to so many.  We talked about how John Myers had so many friends that did not know each other.  I mentioned this might be the best legacy a man could have, to have touched so many in so many different ways.  David told me how he got to know John initially through John’s wife Lucia.    Lucia was a remarkable woman in her own right.  She was on the Board of Directors of Bank America for a long time.  David talked about times with John Myers at the Sunset Club and at Bohemian Grove and at the LA Country Club.  He talked about flying with John in his helicopter in Merced and about thier common love for aviation.  I was very touched by my interview with David Price.  He is a nice guy.  He is a true lover of aviation.  David Price a self-made man who reads the Bible, can recite Shakespeare, and loves to race WWII airplanes for fun.

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.