Compliments from a Legend
Below is the letter from Cotton and his wife, Jane Hodges.
"Enclosed is a copy of a letter from Lake Wales Chamber about Cotton's aerobatics over your own city. Cotton thinks you have the most outstanding and well planned fly-in community he has ever seen (me too). Let us hear how things go."
-Cotton and Betty Jane Hodges
The letter they enclosed just briefly touches on the outstanding career of Cotton, who has been recognized for his talent all over.
Letter from Lake Wales Chamber of Commerce, dated November 17, 1978
I had no idea who the flyer was, involved in the most intricate maneuvers I have ever seen during the last ten years. You were superb! Much thanks go to my very dear friend, Phil Welsh who passed on this information [to me]. Your flying aerobatics reminded me of the RED BARON, EDDIE RICKENBACKER, GUYNOT and others of equal fame. We hope, very much, that you will consider coming back to Lake Wales to be a part of this annual event. Phil and I would love to work with you along this aerobatic projection.
Cotton, I wish there was some way to repay you for your time and excellent display of a long-lost art. As of now, on behalf of the Greater Lake Wales Chamber of Commerce...our..."SINCEREST THANKS"
Look forward to working with you next year!"
-Carl F. Durso
Executive Vice President