Stories from the Heartland
By JOHN FRIEDLEIN
Eighty-six years ago, when Virginia “Giny” Runge was just 3 years old, she was found atop a utility pole.
Now she wants to climb a tall tree. While her daughter apparently does not like the idea, Beverly Wade was one of a handful of spectators looking up into the cloudless sky Saturday.
About two miles above them, a single-prop Cessna throttled back its engine and seemed to hang in place. A plummeting white dot emerged below it. It was Runge.