Pulitzer Prize winning author David McCullough presents his book "The Wright Brothers" during Week Four’s Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle Roundtable at 10:45 AM on July 20, 2016, in the Amphitheater.
After taking the stage to a shout of “McCullough for president,” he discussed the Wright brothers and their legacy.
McCullough spoke about the notebooks the brothers left behind, referencing a passage from one of Wilbur’s notebooks: “No bird ever soared in a calm,” he wrote.
“Those of us of Irish descent know that wonderful old Irish line, ‘May the wind always be at your back,’” McCullough said. “They realized you had to do exactly the opposite — you had to be going into the wind, you had to have the wind against you, not with you. And in many ways, that was their philosophy of life. You didn’t sit around and complain that you weren’t comfortable enough. You accepted discomfort and accepted adversity as part of life and a part of life that can bring you up to your best. … This became their philosophy, and it’s why they succeeded. And there’s so much to be learned from that.”
Photo by Carolyn Brown.