By Arthur Krull
Where Matter Meets Spirit & God
From 1914 to 1945, the world experienced many tragic events. Foremost among those were World Wars I and II and the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 through early 1920. World War I became a training ground for the more massive and devastating World War II.
As the first shots of war sounded, two German teenagers, oblivious to the war, fell madly in love. Gerda, a brilliant girl, became a world-renowned scientist because of her research on the origination and prevention of the Spanish flu virus. That virus originated in Kansas and was carried to Europe by the American doughboys. Otto accepted an offer to fly a German air machine. He entered a cloud bank, became disorientated, and crashed into God’s Meadow. There he was visited by the spirits of Descartes, Nostradamus, and God and was assigned a mission to teach love and respect for others. His brother Karl sustained a severe brain injury during the war and was visited by the same spirits as was Otto.
After the war, Germany was in political, economic, and social disarray. By 1930, a new government evolved with world dominance as their commitment. The newly formed Nazi party kidnapped Gerda and forced her to join their staff of scientists. She refused to help with their chemical warfare department but instead accepted a position in ocean research. That department would allow her to continue her investigation of microbiology. Gerda, a Jew, knew she had to comply. The Nazis had seized her parents and Jewish friends and imprisoned them in a camp.
By Arthur Krull
Hijacked: A Critical Change of Plans
In November 1979 the United States Embassy in Iran was taken over by students loyal to Ayatollah Khomeini with over 60 hostages taken as prisoners. In January of 1980, a Delta L1011 was hijacked to Cuba. The crew was hopeful the hijacker would surrender there, but instead, he demanded fuel to fly to Iran. This is the true story of how the crew forced the hijacker to surrender in Cuba. The aircraft, crew, and passengers safely returned to Miami.
The author captures the suspense and frustrations as the very fluid situation is met with seemingly endless changes of plans while dealing with the Government’s of Cuba, Iran, and the United States.
Arthur Krull is a native of Seattle and a graduate of the University of Washington. He has had a successful career as a civil, military, and commercial pilot. His being hijacked to Cuba in 1980, whie as a Second Officer on a Delta Airlines flight, changed his life.
This is a fascinating story of a very famous moment in history. The author does a great job of relaying what he and his colleagues went through during this flight. There are plenty of news reports, etc., on the subject, but a first-hand account is something that makes the story of this flight engaging
I was fascinated by Art’s story. Especially appreciated the technical detail he explained with the aircraft, FAA and Delta procedures, and options they explored during the process. It was especially interesting how his “ramper” experience became so valuable during the ordeal.
– Cameron Sharpe