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    I spent the first eight years of my life in a house my dad built, with an A36 in the garage, at the end of Boeing Road, in Cameron Park, California. Well, first there was a Piper Pacer in the "garage" followed by a 180, then a 185, and finally the A36.

    Regularly we would fly to the Nut Tree for brunch. In fact, my first ride in the A36 was to the Nut Tree. My dad's brother, Dave, and his family often flew out from San Jose in their 182 RGII and met us for brunch

    I distinctly remember the train ride to the restaurant. It never got old, and I always wanted to ride in a blue car. It's funny to think that a number of other "air racing addicts" could have been on the same train with me

    As strange as it sounds, I would be perfectly content dinning on the small loaves of Nut Tree bread and chocolate milk. To me, at that age, it was a well balanced meal.

    I remember wandering through the gift shop. The models were always my favorite thing to look at, followed by the posters. Of the posters, only three stand out in my mind: The trail formation of P-38s, The B-17 as a slices of its horizontal stabilizer, and Darryl Greenamyer's Bearcat.

    And of course there was the toy shop. I don’t remember much detail about the inside, but I remember the animals that spelled out "TOYS". I always wondered why they could not make one for the "Y".

    On a brisk night in October at the Nut Tree, I witnessed clear evidence to the earth’s rotation. As the night went on, I watched stars and Venus slowly glide behind the trees. I was probably the only one that was observing this continuous phenomenon. And it was at the Nut Tree that I met Chuck Yeager. I'm sure he would not remember, but I do.

    Sometimes, when our day was over, we would form up with Dave for some formation flying, and maybe a little playing around. I was never a "cruise-from-point-A-to-point-B" guy, much more of a "cruise-from-point-A-to-point-B-at-tree-top-level" guy, so this activity was shear joy.

    I no longer live in Cameron Park, the A36 has long since been sold, and I don’t eat bread and chocolate milk for breakfast anymore. The Nut Tree is gone now, and so is my Uncle. But the memories remain.

    Blue skies DRP

    WJP

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    I remember stopping at the Nut Tree many times while I was growing up. They had the best model display, and some really cool kits that couldn't be found anywhere else. I think my family flew in a few times, but mostly we stopped there for lunch. I seem to remember a B-25 that sat there in the early to mid '80s, but I could be wrong. I was sad to see it go. It was a neet place.

    Will

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    it's interesting that you mention meeting people at Nut Tree. For me, the list includes: Lyle Shelton, Al Goss, and Wingman. Julie Clark is a regular there since she's pals with Duncan. She made an entrance nobody could forget at one of his hangar parties. Low pass at sunset and then taxied up to the hangar.

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    Nut Tree was the host to the local Rotary meetings. my boss used to drag me out there every time it was aviation oriented. I got to shake the hands of Neil Armstrong (who I met again at Reno years later), Jimmy Doolittle, James Stewart Chuck Yeager, Bud Anderson and Bob Hoover. Hoover did a version of his Mustang show there about 1980. It seemed like the Vacaville paper was always talking about someone famous visiting. Small town and not much else to do. As a teenager you either worked for Basic Foods Or the Nut Tree.
    The B-25 was there in the mid-late 70's. Was in real ratty shape. Eventually went to England to be in "Hanover Street". I have pics if I could find them!

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