Elinor was a great letter-writer. In 1991, we were dishing about British-born flier Beryl Markham, author of West With The Night. “She certainly was an interesting lady,” Elinor wrote tactfully. “As to her private pecadillos—WOW! We’ll have to get together some day and compare notes!”
I remember Elinor fondly as an energetic and occasionally feisty old lady, and I want to be just like her when I’m 98.
( Read the reminiscence that Smith wrote for our September 1988 issue, or listen to an NPR interview with National Air and Space Museum curator Dorothy Cochrane about Smith's life.)