Craig Dewald is one of the last great small o/b prop makers,
now that Harry Pinner is slowing down,
and we have lost Ray Minor, Roy Hopkins, etc.
I should have had a tape recorder with me when I asked Craig about the pic.
I winter in Sebring, 45mins from Sarasota, and same distance from Lake X,
so am aware of some of the history.
Craig went on for near an hour, about Sarasota, the 1st Mercury test site,
and about how, when he as a young man, 20s?,
with a new wife, were living there in the '60s, fresh from PA.
He talked about the security, ECK was adamant on that,
-big bright lites at the canal docks at nite, that brought in the schools of snook.
Craig and his wife thought they were trout, and they would feast on them.
He said Lake X was totally 'locked down' at that time,
during the 'marathon', and few were allowed in.
ECK was sure Ol' Evinrude & Sons were spying on him.....
Craig, on left, with Tom Cronk,
at a chilly, fall southern boat race.