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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. NIGHT FLIGHTS A SUCCESS – Leland Toy: Vol. 7  No.5

    By Leland Toy Vol. 7  No.5 – Sept. – Oct. 1984 If all goes as planned this issue of KITE FLYER is being brought to you on the gentle tropical breezes over the warm sandy beaches of Maui in Hawaii. Thanks to my winning KLOK kite and KLOK-103.7 FM and Kitemakers of Pier 39 who co-sponsored the June Father’s Day kite Festival. This kite was chosen to be the best flying KLOK kite by the audience attending the festival. It was a run off between Neil Thorburn’s stunting “STUBBY ‘W” kite which he flew on 4 lines and my flying …

  2. TIME FLYS – Lee Toy: Vol.7 No.6

    By Lee Toy Vol.7 No.6 – Jan. – Feb. 1985 I know it is Feb ’85! Sorry about the delay in getting this issue out. If you have any question of your subscription being expired due to the lack of KITE FLYER in your mailbox, be rest assured that IT’S “in the mail”, like the check. This is the Nov.-Dec. issue for 1984. And you all thought you couldn’t turn back the hands of time. Basically your friendly editor and chief has been busy at all sorts of activites, like making a living, washing my motorcycle and typing letters to …

  3. THE ROSETTA STONE OF PARAFOIL BRIDLING – Lee Toy: Vol. 8 No 1 

    By Lee Toy Vol. 8 No 1   –   May 1985 This month’s kite design is based on a Rokkaku design by the late Lincoln Chen oi Honolulu, Hawaii. Basically it is jusi iike a Rokkaku with a modified sail, and a simple hridle. The four foot version flys well on light and medium winds, without a tail. Materials: 3 – 1/4″ diameter dowels x 4′ long 3/4 ounce spinnaker cloth, or Tyvek to cover, 5 – 1/2″ diameter split rings 80# test braided nylon line By way of standard reference-KITE FLYER is available six ties a year (weather permitting) at …

  4. THE WORLD OF PARAFOILS – Lee (Leland) Toy – Vol 7. No4.

    By Lee Toy Vol. 7 No. 4- Jul. -Aug. 1984 AND THE WINNER IS The 12th Annual Father’s Day Kite Festival was a great success in spite of the high winds and smaller turn out than usual for this year¬ly event. A big THANK YOU goes to Mike Mcfad¬den of Kitemakers of San Francisco Pier 39 and Lance Lew of KLOK Radio (103.7 FM)for putting together this festival to benefit Big Brothers and Big Sisters of San Francisco. The esti¬mated attendance was 3-4 thousand and almost 1000 dollars were donated to the cause. First Place Trophies were awarded to the …

  5. YOU LIGHT UP MY KITE- Lee (Leland) Toy – Vol 7. No3.

    By Lee Toy Vol. 7 No. 3- Mayr. -Jun. 1984 Get out your kitemaking supplies and clear off the dining room table. This years 12th Annual Father’s Day Kite Festival has some super contests and lots of nice prizes for the winners. Kitemakers of SF PIER 39 and KLOK Radio (103.7 FM) are co-sponsoring this event with Big Brothers/ Big Sisters of SF. The Festival will be held June 17, Sunday at the Marina Green from noon to 5 pm. Contests held will be: Largest, Smallest, Most Un-usual, Parent-Child entry, Stunt Flying, S.F. Theme and KLOK Radio Kite. There will …

  6. AND B.A.K.E. UNTIL DONE – Lee (Leland) Toy – Vol 7. No 2.

    By Lee Toy Vol. 7 No. 2- Mar. -Apr. 1984 “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu And so the historical (hysterical) journey of the Bay Area Kite Enthusiasts is off and run¬ning with a very successful kite fly on the third of March and a subsequent kite workshop at the Miraloma Elementary School on March 22, as a STEP in the right direction. The March 3rd Kite Fly was a good one for those attending. Special surprize guest was BILL SHAPRIO, Kansas City, MO, who flew into town without telling anyone. He …

  7. TODAY THE “GREEN”,TOMORROW THE UNIVERSE – Lee (Leland) Toy – Vol 7. No 1.

    By Lee Toy Vol. 7 No. 1- Jan. -Feb. 1984 TODAY THE “GREEN”,TOMORROW THE UNIVERSE In an unprecedented move the Kite Flyers for a Better Bay Area met for the first time December 10 at the residence of Leland Toy in San Francisco. The clandestine group assembled for a delicious pot-luck supper, followed by an interesting show of slides concerning kites and other flying objects. After waking up, the group held an informal meeting in hopes of organizing a chapter of the AKA in the Bay Area. Un-officially the group’s name will be: Bay Area Kite Enthusists, or B.A.K.E. and …

  8. KITES: THE SCIENCE AND THE WONDER – Lee (Leland) Toy – Vol 6. No 6.

    By Lee Toy Vol. 6 No. 6- Nov. -Dec. 1983 We dedicate this issue of Kite Flyer to the memory of Steve Edeiken (1953-1983), may we strive to emulate his kindness and fellowship by which he lived. Two weeks before the AKA convention Steve was killed in a kite accident at Long Beach, WA. After several hours of unsuccessful attempts to launch a 115’x150′ Parafoil, many of the spectators and launch team were preparing to leave the flying field. The kite suddenly became airborne with Steve’s foot entangled in it’s bridles. It lifted him 100 feet in the air.  Steve …

  9. FRIENDS FROM MY TRAVELS – Lee (Leland) Toy – Vol 6. No 5.

    By Lee Toy Vol. 6 No. 5- Sep. – Oct. 1983 I would like to dedicate this issue of KITE FLYER to the many kite friends I have met while traveling on the East Coast during the past year. I am especially endebted to Jim Boatwright for his kind hospitality and encouragement even if he doesn’t fly kites. As summer starts drawing to a close, your roving reporter will soon be heading off to attend the 6th Annual AKA kite Convention in Columbus, OH, and finally put an end to his wanderings around the East Coast. But as General-What’s-His-Name said,”I …

  10. SUMMER IN NORTH CAROLINA – Lee (Leland) Toy – Vol 6. No 4.

    By Lee Toy Vol. 6 No. 4- Jul. – Aug. 1983 NOTHIN’ COULD BE FINER THAN TO BE IN NORTHERN CAR-O-LINA IN THE SUM-M-MER It’s been interesting living in the Shenan¬doah valley this summer, the fickled winds can make one appreciate the simple pleasures of a steady offshore breeze. It’s when I am struggling to loft a light wind delta in the still of the hot afternoon that I can almost taste the salt air and feel the sand between my toes. Lexington winds tend to be rather choppy and inconsistent as they tumble past the surrounding mountain ranges and …

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