Lou Goldberg has built
several airplanes in his
years of aeromodeling,
including this Bf- 109
and P- 51 Mustang. Photo
provided by Lou Goldberg.
The late Maynard Hill (L) was
one of Lou’s mentors at DCRC in Maryland. This photo
was taken in 2002 at Cape Spear, Newfoundland, as Maynard waited to launch
the TAM- 5. Also pictured is Nelson Sherren. Photo by Leroy Leslie Hamilton.
If anybody exceeded Dr. Good in
quality, it was Don,” he said of the
DCRC organization’s first president.
Don later collaborated with Walt to
to develop the Thermic Sniffler, which
was a rate-of-climb sensor used for RC
Sailplanes. The pair also developed the
Royal Rudder Bug aircraft in 1953. Don,
an AMA National Model Aviation Hall
of Fame inductee, passed away in 1996.
With tips from Don, Walt, and
Maynard, Lou taught himself how to fly
at the DCRC field. He admired the trio.
“It was an amazing group [of modelers].
It was literally love for one another and
“Dr. Good was the finest man that you
would want to be around. He was never
in a hurry and always gave me answers,”
Lou stated. “I talked to him about
balance and squareness of flight.” Walt
also taught Lou that “the stabilizer tends
to want to fly in a horizontal position.”
Lou also learned a thing or two from
Maynard Hill. “[He] was so high above
my education level, so the best thing I
could do was to be quiet and learn.”
One day, after landing his full-scale
Champion Citabria at a cow pasture
called Butts Farm, near Damascus,
Maryland, which he did several times a
week, Lou encountered Maynard. The
farm was owned by R. Beecher Butts, an
That day, Maynard asked Lou to help
him test a GPS system on one of his
airplanes. He had him call out numbers
as they appeared on a screen. “I never
knew why I was calling numbers.” Lou
later discovered the answer.
Maynard had an airplane called the
Spirit of Butts Farm. On August 11,
2003, that airplane (also referred to as
TransAtlanticModel [TAM]- 5), made
history by being the first RC model
aircraft to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
It was launched from Newfoundland
and landed in Ireland, flying a distance
of 1,882 miles. The aircraft is also on
display in the National Model Aviation
After that historic flight, Lou received
a certificate of appreciation from
Maynard for donating funds to help with
travel expenses incurred through the
Years later, Lou had his final encounter
with Maynard. With his hair thinner,
and using a walker to help him shuffle
through the crowd of people at his
Maryland home, Lou found Maynard
to still be the intelligent, light-hearted
man whom he remembered. Several
members of the DCRC club attended
that party at Maynard’s secluded home.
Lou said he had heard that Maynard
had a nice workshop in which he built
models, but no one was allowed inside
to see if that was true. Maynard passed
away on June 7, 2011.
While reflecting on his memories of
Maynard, Lou said, “He was extremely
quick in his answers and always correct.
He was a joker. He supposedly sang, but
I never witnessed it.”
Unlike Maynard, many people have
heard Lou sing. He sang the national
anthem several times at sporting events
and performed at parties
catered by his parents. As
he grew up, he sang at night
clubs, on television shows,
and performed for members
of the military through the
Through his singing jobs,
he met some famous people,
including Terry Moore, who
was rumored to have dated
aviation tycoon Howard Hughes, and
Bess Myerson, who was crowned Miss
America in 1945.
Lou said he once also met Tony
Bennett in the early stages of Tony’s
career, and tried to meet Frank Sinatra,
but was stopped and tossed out of the
hotel by Frank’s security team.
He shared the story of how he met
Tony. “I was age 18 or 19 and I was in
Atlantic City. I wanted to get discovered
so bad that I put a tuxedo on and went
to Steel Pier. I went to the ballroom and
American Bandstand was there.
“Because I had a tux on, I went
backstage and a young kid was smoking
a cigarette and said, ‘I hope they like
me,’ and it was Tony Bennett.
“I went out on the stage where the
orchestra was and I said I wanted to sing.
They played [the song] and I sang,” he
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