Never Give Up


 "The Mettle Behind the Merit - the Steve Pisanos Story" will Premiere at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force 1545 (3:45pm) on September 17.

This official first-Premiere is held in conjunction with the Distinguished Flying Cross Group "100 Years of Air Power" reunion.

Thomas Edison was told he was "too stupid to learn anything."

Never give up.

Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star because he, "lacked imagination and had no good ideas."

Never give up.

J.K. Rowling was a broke, divorced and single mother on welfare before she penned the first Harry Potter book.

Never give up.

Elvis Presley was told by the manager of the Grand Ole Opry "you'd be better off going back to your job as a truck driver."

Never give up.

OGTAlogo 163These are people who in spite of multitudes of failures and insurmountable challenges used their talents and pursued their dreams to leave a lasting imprint on the world.

Have you ever met someone with a, seemingly, laser focus on how to achieve their goals? I did. His name is Steve Pisanos, the subject of the next episode of Old Guys & Their Airplanes: "The Mettle Behind the Merit the Steve Pisanos Story"

Steve grew up in a small village in Greece with the dream of someday being a military aviator. With little education and less money it would seem an aspiration that would be beyond his reach.

Never give up.

He was told the only way he'd ever be able to achieve that goal would be to go to America – nearly 5,000 miles away in a land of which he neither spoke the language nor knew the customs.

Never give up.

Pisanos Plane 300Not only did Steve get to America, but he became a military aviator, heroically served his adopted country (and others) and would eventually return to his homeland to honorably serve, both his new country and the country of his origin.

How? Simply put by Steve Pisanos, "If you want to be successful in life today you have to have a dream, an iron determination and never give up."

He never did!


"The Mettle Behind the Merit the Steve Pisanos Story"



OGTA: Rick Lingberg

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For nearly 3 decades I've been involved with the recording and preservation of American stories.

No stories stand more worthy than those of the American veterans who have so bravely and unselfishly dedicated their lives to the preservation of the freedoms we enjoy in this country.

It was an honor and pleasure to collaborate with John Mollison (producer/writer/host) and  Dalton Coffey (music producer/editor) on "The Mettle Behind the Merit - The Steve Pisanos Story as story developer and Videographer.

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