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Kermit Weeks to Sign Children's Books at EAA Wearhouse
Author and aviation enthusiast Kermit Weeks will be signing his children’s books at the EAA Wearhouse through Saturday 10:30 a.m.-noon and 1:30-3:30 p.m.
By Barbara A. Schmitz
July 20, 2015 - They look like children’s books. But don’t let that fool you.
They have a message that adults can relate to, too.
Kermit Weeks, founder of Central Florida’s Fantasy of Flight, will sign his books—All of Life is a School, The Spirit of Lindy, and Ostynn the Ostrich—at the EAA Warehouse daily through Saturday 10:30 a.m.-noon and 1:30-3:30 p.m. Customers can also purchase stuffed animals of the book characters there.
Weeks said the books have “unbelievably profound messages” that appeal to all. In fact, Weeks said the books and characters are really an extension of his aviation museum, which he hopes to morph into a more entertainment-based facility similar to Walt Disney World, but one that also leads to self-discovery.
“I realized that if it is to be successful, I need to mimic everything that Walt Disney has done, and that included coming up with characters,” he says. Those characters include the Gee Bee Brothers and Gee Bee Zee, Golden Age racing airplanes, in his first book, All of Life is a School; Lindy, the plane Charles Lindbergh flew in 1927 from New York to Paris, in Spirit of Lindy; and Ostynn, an ostrich with its head stuck in the ground until it discovers there is more to life in Ostynn the Ostrich.
“Fantasy of Flight has nothing to do with airplanes, but airplanes have everything to do with Fantasy of Flight,” Weeks said. “It’s really about the metaphor of flight and what that symbolizes.”
His 2015 book, Ostynn the Ostrich, allows people to self-discover themselves and the untapped potential that lives within, he said.
Weeks said everyone can relate to “reaching for the stars,” but flight is the most profound metaphor when it comes to pushing boundaries or reaching beyond.
“In the end, the airplanes are just the backdrop to tell a story,” he said. “I want to create something that touches everyone, that will have a direct bearing on people as they journey through life. When you read the story, it contains little seeds of things that we all share in common. You cannot read the book without reflecting on your life journey. It’s basically Jonathan Livingston Seagull meeting Dr. Seuss on steroids.”
Weeks said he plans to continue writing more books, including 12 revolving around the Gee Bee characters, and 15 more revolving around Ostynn.