One final item. As I said earlier, Juan Trippe had a tremendous influence on my career.
He was my mentor, and I am deeply indebted to him. I am pleased to report that the scales
are not completely out of balance.
My payback began one day in the early 1970s when he called me at FlightSafety and asked me
to do him a favor. He wanted me to have lunch with his daughter, Betsy, and a friend of
hers, a doctor by the name of David Paton. Naturally, I agreed. What I could not have
realized was that meal would begin one of the most challenging, important and satisfying
ventures of my life.
Dr. Paton was head of the Ophthalmology Department at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas.
At the lunch I learned that during his distinguished career, Dr. Paton had traveled quite a
bit and was deeply troubled by the extent of curable but untreated eye diseases he found
among people of the poorer nations of the world. He knew the technology existed to help
many of those victims retain or regain their eyesight, but there was no ready way to get
help to them. And then he had an inspired idea: put the help in an airplane, and fly to