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George Uveges
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Author:  JoeF [ Mon Jan 12, 2015 7:34 am ]
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The hang gliding renaissance story of mid last century would not be complete without a full appreciation of George Uveges
George Uveges
He is still with us living in Santa Monica, CA.
His inroads to Soaring Society of America, Self-Soar Association, and early USHGA(s)(both) via communications, friendships, and timely photography amounts to a special chapter in the history of our sport. I just invited him to consider posting legacy notes in our forum hereon.

Author:  JoeF [ Tue Jan 13, 2015 8:10 pm ]
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George Uveges shares the historical renaissance HG guru (former editor of Soaring magazine for Soaring Society of America) (editor of 1960s "Low, Slow, and Out of Control" newsletter with about 30 members in its group --- including Klaus Hill) Richard Miller at Dockweiler shown below; circa 1965. Photography by George Uveges. He used film and had his darkroom at home; he would convert his kitchen frequently. For many years he was well known as a top sailplane photographer. George was a rated sailplane pilot. Copyright by George Uveges; use needs his permission.
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Hi George,
The US Hawks is going forward to focus just on airframed hang gliding. Other orgs have been overtaken with canopy soaring parachute paragliders to some loss of service for airframed hang gliders. It is a time of renewal and retrenching. I started a topic thread on George Uveges. Any notes or photos and captions you wish to place there can be sent to me for such publishing. The topic thread will search, find, and replay much of the George Uveges items that we can find in soaring and hang gliding. Fun.
Lift, Joe Faust

Author:  SamKellner [ Tue Jan 13, 2015 8:51 pm ]
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:clap: :clap: :clap:

Way to go, George.

Surely some triangles in that control bar. :)


Author:  JoeF [ Fri Jan 16, 2015 9:22 am ]
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The National Soaring Museum holds many slides and prints by George Uveges.

Many of George's photographs became covers of Soaring magazine.

George accompanied me when I shopped for and purchased a special camera that I used for making lithographic negatives from papered images for use in Low & Slow and Hang Glider and Hang Glider Business Weekly, etc. He was lending his photographic expertise to the renaissance of hang gliding publishing. He lived just a block away from the Santa Monica airport. At that time circa 1960-70, the Soaring Society of America was based at the Santa Monica Airport; Lloyd was MIT educated. George was close friends in the 1960s with HG guru Richard Miller. Lloyd Licher was executive director of the Soaring Society of America 1957 – 1976 (19 years); George frequented the office. George would often work directly with Doug Lamont the editor of Soaring Magazine at the time when I first met George. Lloyd introduced me to Doug Lamont and Lianna Lamont. Doug Lamont published my first letter-to-the-editor in Soaring magazine. It was my special experience to sit with Doug L. and describe my visions of the unfolding hang gliding; we discussed some tensions the HG renaissance would form within the sailplane fraternity.
Lloyd L. sold me for $1 an old out-of-commission small offset printing press that Soaring Society of America held fully unused. I had a little offset printing experience in my first early job at Douglas Aircraft. But I had to study from scratch how to ungunk the non-running printing press. Paul Wahl, author, sent me a U.S. Navy manual on offset printing. Finally I got the machine going and printed some Low & Slow with the machine. The machine would find its way into the small attic of my Venice home. Using funds from the Dial Soap HG TV commercial, I replaced the machine with a large printing press that permitted printing on 11"x17" paper for the larger Hang Glider magazine. These machines would print images of many of George Uveges' photographs.

One of the great photos by George Uveges was of Richard Miller's Conduit Condor being flown at the great Otto Meet.Image

Photo of Doug Lamont

Another image of the 1960s Richard Miller by George Uveges, large image: ... iller.jpeg
Click that link for a large image.
Here shown is the same in moderate size:

Author:  JoeF [ Fri Jan 16, 2015 10:19 am ]
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September 1977, Soaring magazine: cover photograph by George Uveges:
Mitchell Wing; George Worthington: Bishop, CA


George Uveges for 1973 won Soaring Society of America's Exceptional Service Award


Author:  Rick Masters [ Fri Jan 16, 2015 11:07 am ]
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Lloyd L. sold me for $1 an old out-of-commission small offset printing press that Soaring Society of America held fully unused.

How interesting, Joe - In 1970, I was operating a 24" color A.B. Dick printing press!

In George Uveges' cover photo, note the virga as George Worthington comes in to land. The sky was very similar on the day of his death, when the Wanderer came apart on September 11, 1982.

I have always felt that it was a huge mistake for the SSA not to take hang gliding under its wings in the early years, rather than to decide to mostly ignore it and allow it to struggle disastrously on its own. The decision was, after all, at odds with its founding principals. I thought it took some courage for Soaring editor Bob Said to break the ten-year ban in 1987 with the publication of "Explorations of the Thermal Snooper." ... PLORAT.htm

In a similar way, I feel the same about paragliders not being adopted by USPA.

Author:  JoeF [ Fri Jan 16, 2015 11:27 am ]
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Sailplane & Gliding magazine wrote:
Sailplane & Gliding, October-November 1966, page 344, Californian Holiday by Fred Slingsby. In March of 1966, Fred visited USA. His story included the following note regarding April visit in Los Angeles:
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Author:  Rick Masters [ Fri Jan 16, 2015 11:45 am ]
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Jack Lasiter bought Bowlus Sailplanes, Inc. from Hawley Bowlus.
Don Mitchell was Hawley's apprentice.
He went on to build the Mitchell Wing.

Author:  JoeF [ Wed Sep 28, 2022 8:19 am ]
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File comment: Photograph and art by George Uveges. This copy of a paper print from office of Self-Soar Association is of Joe Faust in a Seagull III hang glider flying at Torrance Beach, a site later closed because of erosion and privacy.
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Shirt logo is of the flying man, Self-Soar Association
circa 1973

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George Uveges took a photograph of hang gliding photographer Bill Allen
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Bill Allen may have more early hang gliding photographs of the Southern California scene than anyone else. Bill took photographs at the first great Universal Hang Gliding meet in Newport Beach. Bill later worked for Eipper-Formance.

Author:  jcoyier [ Sat Jan 28, 2023 11:52 pm ]
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If anyone out there knows how I might obtain a print of that Soaring Society mag. cover photo of Worthington on final glide in the Mitchell Wing I'm really interested. I'm interested in creating a framed print of the original photo.

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