A. "Persistence counts."
A. Mick in Steve Hunter's "Dead Zero." He had it all but tossed it away--a wasted life, probably the greatest tragedy of all.
A. A Dauntless dive-bomber pilot aboard USS Enterprise in 1942. (Watch for my upcoming book on The Big E in February 2012.)
A. My vision went bad in grade school and prevented me from becoming a military aviator.