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I’ll go see the movie when it comes out. There’s a made-for-TV movie that was made 20 years ago and there’s lots of doc­u­men­taries and a book. They’ll prob­a­bly base the movie on that.

A. I’m read­ing a book on the Fly­ing Fa­thers. They were a group of Catholic priests that were like the Har­lem Glo­be­trot­ters. They would go around and play in hockey tour­na­ments. I read a lot of his­tory, travel, de­tec­tive fic­tion. I’m a big reader.

Q17. What else do you hope to do at the High­land Games?

A. I guess I’ll have an op­por­tu­nity to meet peo­ple. I’m not com­pletely sure of all we’ll be do­ing. We’ll be busy un­til about 3 on Satur­day and then I’ll be cut loose.

Q18. If you didn’t be­come an air­line pilot, what do you think you would have done with your life?

A. I wanted to be a forestry en­gi­neer at one point. But that’s hard to an­swer be­cause I re­ally got hooked on fly­ing. When I was a kid, I wasn’t in air cadets and we were a fam­ily of mod­est means; we didn’t know any­one in the avi­a­tion com­mu­nity.

Q19. Ever have any celebri­ties on­board?

A. Once I had Justin Trudeau on­board. He was five. His mother had been in the UK for a while and had stopped in Ot­tawa to visit Pierre. Now she was fly­ing back to Van­cou­ver where her fam­ily was. It had caused a bit of a prob­lem be­cause she had booked her­self for first class but not for Justin, so they had to bump a well-dressed busi­ness­man into econ­omy.

Af­ter take­off, the purser asked if Justin could come up. He did. He was a po­lite kid. Then we landed in Ed­mon­ton. Af­ter we em­barked for Van­cou­ver, the door opened and Justin came in dressed in his pa­ja­mas. He climbed into his seat, strapped him­self in, then he no­ticed that he’d left the door ajar. He ex­cused him­self and got out of the seat to close the door.

When we left, we all agreed that he was the most po­lite kid we’d ever met. I got to tell Justin that at a Maple Leaf din­ner in front of a lot of peo­ple and I got a big blush out of him.

Q20. You men­tioned that you’re into sports, do you fol­low any teams?

A. My pref­er­ence now is the Cana­dian Foot­ball League. I watch the Ot­tawa Red­blacks. I try to get to one game a year. I also try to get to one Se­na­tors game a year. And I watch a lot of golf and ten­nis.


PLANE TALK: In this file photo from 2008, Robert Pear­son talks about the Gimli Glider with two ex­ec­u­tives from Hôpi­tal Glen­garry Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal.

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