On July 1st Starr finally reached the mandatory retirement age and was officially downsized from his “day job” as a United Methodist minister. Now in a new house and a new shop across town (Gordon, Texas, pop. 516), canoe production will continue, perhaps a little faster. He aspires to imitate Joe Seliga who built his last canoe in Ely, Minnesota, when he was 99,
The kids have all abandoned the nest. Jordan is head of the geriatric department at John Radcliiff hospital and trains new doctors for Oxford University. Cara directs documentaries and feature TV programs for the BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic. They have spawned a new generation of neophyte canoeists: Sophia (4), Lara (2), and Wolfie (1) will make great additions to Canada canoe trips. John David meanwhile is a fireline archaeologist for the US Forest Service in Alpine, Arizona. And Jeremy is a river guide who alternates between the Rio Grande and Colorado rivers, treating newcomers to rafting and canoeing adventures. He has designed his own improved prototype for the next Quetico Tripper, which is currently half built. To keep us all healthy, Joy is still working full time as a nurse in Stephenville.
Still taking orders, but yes, there’s a waiting list. A good canoe is worth waiting for.
Peace, love, and paddle hard!