In 1946, my mother, Rita Roberts, joined the Tampa branch of the Civil Air Patrol - and had a grand time. A couple of years later, one of the men she flirted with was my father, Jim Lassiter.

Rita Beth Roberts

Rita Beth Roberts

A licensed pilot.

A licensed pilot.

The young man with the misplaced headphones is not my father.

The young man with the misplaced headphones is not my father.

From the front page of The Tampa Times: April 19, 1947

From the front page of The Tampa Times: April 19, 1947

Everyone had beautiful hair.

Everyone had beautiful hair.