Briscoe program to discuss history of Tuskegee Airmen

LAWRENCEVILLE - On Feb. 2, Samuel Jones Jr., will discuss some of the little- known truths and facts regarding the history of the Tuskegee Army Flight Training Program, including how it came into being and who taught the program.

Jones will also discuss what happened to some of these people after the war ended.

The Tuskegee Airmen were young men who enlisted to become America's first black military airmen, at a time when there were many people who thought that black men lacked intelligence, skill, courage and patriotism. Most were college graduates or undergraduates. Others demonstrated their academic qualifications through comprehensive entrance examinations. No standards were lowered for the pilots or any of the others who trained in operations, meteorology, intelligence, engineering, medicine or any of the other officer fields.

After college Jones enlisted in the United States Air Force. His professional career was spent with the Bendix Corporation as a Field Support Engineer.

The program is free, open to the public and will take place in the EAA Sport Aviation Center, Gwinnett County's Briscoe Field beginning at 10:30 a.m. An all-you-care-to-eat pancake breakfast and/or refreshments will be available beginning at 8 a.m., rain or shine. Ample aircraft and auto parking is available. For additional information contact Joel Levine, 770-394-5466 or jlevine@bellsouth.net.

IHOP serves food for hospital benefit

LAWRENCEVILLE - On Feb. 12, International House of Pancakes restaurants will give away one free short stack of buttermilk pancakes for the third annual National Pancake Day celebration benefiting Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

In return, IHOP guests are asked to donate what they would have spent on the free pancakes, or more, to the children's hospital.

In Gwinnett, the restaurants are located at 955 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road and 1143 Scenic Highway.

The promotion will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Gwinnett Gab appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.