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Although digital technology and access is changing the use of our written world, we were proud to start our communication through the Journal. This wonderful “printed” blog approach came mostly from the editorial direction and pen of Scott Skinner, Ali Fujino, and our man in the field, Ben Ruhe. From years of Journal publications, we changed the format to be not a few individuals' view but to have individuals of the kite community use their own words to bring forth something innovative and exciting about the world of kites. Enter the current edited version of Discourse by Katie Davis, Scott Skinner, and Ali Fujino. Below are archived articles from both the Journal and Discourse.

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  1. HAVE RAINBOWS, WILL TRAVEL – Lee Toy Vol. 5 No.2 – Sep. – Oct. 1982

    By Lee Toy Vol. 5 No.2 – Mar. – Apr. 1982 “KITE FLYER’S” first official kite fly of the year will be held on March 21, 1982. In celebration of the first day of Spring (give or take a day) This is a fun fly to air out your winter kites and show off your new Spring colors. Participants are encouraged to wear WHITE. So get out the bleach, pack up a lunch and meet at the monument for a good time. HAVE RAINBOWS, WILL TRAVEL When Mix McGraw heard what was coming over the phone lines he thought he …

  2. – Lee Toy Vol. 4 No.4

    By Lee Toy Vol. 4 No.4 – Sep. – Oct. 1981 OCTOBER SF. IviAR1r\if\ GiZEENJ The 10th Annual Family Day Kite Festival will be held at the Marina Green, October 3 1981. 12 noon till 4pm. For more information call: COME FLY A KITE (415) 441-2965 KITEMAKERS (415) 421-6222 It seems as if there has been a change of plans in the Family day Kite Festival. Dinesh Bahadur has informed us that the date of the festival has been changed from the 4th of October to the 3rd of Octo¬ber , so make sure you mark your calenders (the AKA …

  3. LORD OF THE GREENS – Lee (Leland) Toy – Vol 4. No 4

    By Lee Toy Vol. 4 No.4 – Jul. – Aug. 1981 ONCE UPON A GREEN…. The Green has been attracting a number of flyers from far away places. Last Sunday John Nicolaides, Ph.D. from the Aeronautical Engineering Department of Cal Poly was up flying a number of experimental parafoils that featured a high aspect wing ratio and a horizontally yoked bridle system. John has been involved with the “man carrier” which is a flying machine that incorporates a parafoil wing on a go kart like vehicle. We hope that some day he’ll bring one of the test models out to …

  4. KING OF THE DRAGON KITES – Lee (Leland) Toy – Vol 4. No 3.

    By Lee Toy Vol. 4 No.3 – Sep. – Oct. 1981 KING OF THE DRAGON KITES LOOK UP IN THE SKY, IT’S A BIRD, NO, IT’S A PLANE, … NO IT’S… Tom Henry’s 1,250 foot dragon kite. On April 29,1981 Tom, with the assistance of George and Marion Ham flew the longest dragon kite on the Green if not the World. The launch was at 4pm. in about 12 to 15 mph wind. The head of the dragon is approx. 7′ x 10′ and is flown on 500# test line. It was out 1000′ at approx. 70-80 degrees.flight angle. GOOD …

  5. YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU’LL FIND IN YOUR MAIL BOX – Lee Toy: Vol. 4 No. 2

    By Lee Toy Vol. 4 No.2 – Mar. – Apr. 1981 AKA UPDATE AKA is alive a well with approx. 800 members. The new president is Beven Brown an active kiter from Mc Lean, Virginia. The AKA is still looking into an association management firm to help with the “office” work. Membership dues have been raised as of Feb. 1,1981 to $10.00/year. Two sites have been offered as possible convention locations for this year: Seattle and Houston. Red Braswell has donated a four drawer file, filled with archives, to the garage of Bob Price, AKA historian. Who knows next time …

  6. KITE HOUSE OF THE AUGUST MOON – Lee Toy: Vol. 4 No. 1

    By Lee Toy Vol. 4 No.1 – Jan. – Feb. 1981 THE HOLIDAY TAKES IT’S TOLL Sorry that this issue of Kite Flyer is so late but with Christmas and New Years it was a busy time for us all. Hope you all had a great holiday season and best for the New Year. HEART ATTACK! HEART ATTACK! No, don’t call 911. It’s only the multicolored fleet of Torn Henry designed and built Heart Kites flying above Marina Green. These kites are made from spinnaker cloth, framed with a birch dowell and fiber glass rods and fly in a large …

  7. A day on the green – Lee Toy: Vol. 3 No. 6

    By Lee Toy Vol. 3 No.6 – Nov. – Dec. 1980 tails of the city. FLASH – ZAP – WHOOPEE We’re legal now! Up until Oct. 26, 1980 we have been flying kites at the Marina Green in violation of Sect. 28 of the POLICE CODE. Mayor Feinstein signed ordinance #458-80 which in effect removes the necessity of obtaining a police permit for flying kites. It does, however, prohibit flying within 25 feet of high voltage conductors or transmission towers. (which we should do regardless) We’ll have celebrated this historical event by the time you read this but will schedule …

  8. What goes up… Must come down. – Lee Toy: Vol. 3 No. 5

    By Lee Toy Vol. 3 No.5 – Sep. – Oct. 1980 3rd annual aka convention – seattle Welcome to Seattle in 1980: The Washington Kitefliers Association will host the 3rd Annual Convention of the American Kitefliers Assoc. in Seattle on October 2,3,4 and 5 1980. Headquarters will be at the Edgewater Inn, on Seattle’s water front, meetings will be held at the Pacific Science Center, and the AKA International Kite Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4 at the new Warren G. Magnuson Park. To help in planning all AKA mem¬bers who are interested in attending should innediately write …

  9. Travel’s with Torn Henry – Lee Toy: Vol. 3 No. 2

    By Lee Toy Vol. 3 No.2 – Mar. – Apr. 1980 kite workshops. Margaret Greger, author, teacher and excellent kitemaker is coming to Cal-ifornia to give some kite classes. From her letter; “I will be in Calif. the week of April 6-13. Kite workshops are scheduled for April 9 and 10 evenings in Sacramento. People should pre-enroll through the Learning Exchange (916) 452-3919. April 12 and 13 will be another one-credit workshop at Chico State University at Chico. The Center for Regional and Continu¬ing Education, CSUC, Chico, CA 95929 are the people to contact about this.” Margaret goes on to …

  10. The San Francisco Bay Area Kite Flying – Lee Toy: Vol. 3 No.1

    By Lee Toy Vol. 3 No.1 -Jan. – Feb. 1980 The San Francisco Bay Area Kite Flying, New. OE! -flyer progress What publication used to be two pages in length and without photographs? Answer: The KITE FLYER NEWS. We have slicked it up, expanded in pages, and discovered the technological ad¬vances of reproducing photographs. Faithful subscribers beware, twenty-five years from now we could be on the news-stands at $3.00 an issue withal and a glossy kite centerfold. After digging through our archives, what should surface but–Vol. 1 and No. 1 of the KITE FLYER NEWSLETTER. I imagine you never even …

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