Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Summer 2019

The quarterly 27587 MAGAZINE is a must-read, in-you-hands publication that strives to give a deeper identity to rapidly growing Wake Forest, N.C. It highlights in-depth stories, targeting higher-income households.

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Rewind A look back at notable people and events in history Tiny Broadwick making a stand-up PERHMRKEX+VMJ½XL4EVO in Los Angeles. COURTESY OF NORTH CAROLINA MUSEUM OF HISTORY A not-so tiny legacy in aviation M ischa C. Dillon was only 14 years old when her great-grandmother, an unlikely aviation pioneer named Georgia "Tiny" Broadwick, died at the age of 85 in 1978, but her memories are unshakable. That's because her great-grandmother, purportedly just 4-foot-11, loomed large, MRFIGSQMRKXLI½VWX[SQER° weighing just 80 pounds or so — to parachute from an airplane and later the ½VWXTIVWSRIZIVXSJVIIJEPPMRERIZIRXXLEX became a harbinger of using a "rip cord." "She was always so excited," Dillon, now of Wake Forest, said of hearing her great-grandmother speak of those daredevil years. "Her eyes would just light up." The famed lineage helped bring a "very quiet" Dillon — whose middle name is actually Tiny — out of her shell as a schoolgirl. "It gave me something to talk about, brought me out," she said of her childhood in Henderson. "Doing the reports in school (of her famous relative), that was always fun." Today, Tracey Kimbrell, Dillon's younger sister, picks up the phone as executive EWWMWXERXMRXLIGMX]QEREKIV´WSJ½GISJ Henderson, where Broadwick visited family frequently on visits from her San Diego home and a place where Tiny Broadwick Blvd. is named in her honor. "Feisty! She was fun and cute, just like she looked," said Kimbrell, who today actually lives on Henderson's private Tiny Lane. "When she was 80, she said she was going to jump again. She was not scared of anything. She was fearless." %RHWSWLI[EWXLMW±½VWXPEH]SJ parachuting," as she was called. Born Georgia Ann Thompson in 1893 on a farm near Oxford, the young teen worked in a Henderson cotton mill and "joined the circus," Kimbrell said, and at the age of 15 in 1908 made her ½VWXTEVEGLYXINYQT°JVSQELSXEMV balloon — at the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh. By most accounts, she had talked herself into the ranks of "The Famous French Aeronauts," with the troupe's owner, Charles Broadwick, seeing her diminutive size worked to her advantage, soon billing her as the "youngest girl aeronaut," N.C. kin recall 'feisty' parachuting legend

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