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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Greg Macgillivray
Scheduled for a one-year limited run when it opened during the Ford administration, the modest 26-minute Imax film "To Fly!" has become an unlikely Washington institution, one that shows no signs of crashing back to earth anytime soon.
Ezekiel, the top-hatted balloonist, has recited his "little poem" on the glories of flight and barely missed the white church steeple more than 20,000 times now. He has called out his warning of white water ahead to the unsuspecting canoeist far below for 36 years. Before giving way to hang gliders, barnstorming pilots and the Navy's Blue Angels flight team, his silver balloon with the four American flags attached to the gondola has soared above the rolling green Vermont hills and churning, roaring Niagara Falls every single day the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum has been open.
It should be a break from the learning going on in the rest of the museum, he said.
"This, we felt, was our big opportunity," Mr. MacGillivray said. "We just poured our heart and soul, seven days a week working 14-hour days."