HAVE YOU EVER BEEN . . .
the Secret Service?
Under surveillance in a
communist country, like Cuba?
by an earthquake?
In a nightclub
during a shootout?
Trapped in a
Lost alone in a bat cave for 14 hours?
Meet the adventuresome Dusty Pilot
Taping a TV segment when your
B#&*S slip out of your swimsuit?
After years of writing feature stories, and doing public speaking, I miss it. While in the States I am doing freelance writing and public speaking again. If you would like more information fill out the form on the "SEND ME A MESSAGE" page. Or, if you just have a comment, I'd like to hear from you. You can also check it out on his "Public Speaking" page listed in the table of contents.
By Dusty Pilot
Often when I share stories with friends they say "Dusty, you should write a book. You've had so many extraordinary experiences and live such an interesting life it almost sounds like fiction." My usual replay is "I'll I'll think about it." I have had a number of books published in the past, but not about myself.
The problem is, just thinking about it doesn't make it happen. I remember my mother, Mimi, saying "Life is a banquet and most fools are starving to death. Go for it. Live life to the fullest and always follow your dreams." Somewhere along the way I began practicing that, and found out how right she was. That advice empowered me to make ninety-nine percent of my dreams come true.
My philosophy became: Shoot for the stars, and if you only land on the moon, that's better than starting at the bottom of the ladder. Writing an autobiographical book isn't one of my dreams, I would continue remembering tidbits that I had forgotten to put in the book, plus S&$T keeps happening in my life. I wouldn't want anyone to miss out on that, and once a book is published you can't add to it. Instead I'm writing a website that will constantly be added to. Maybe it will serve as a rough draft for a book--someday.
MY FIRST REASON FOR WRITING THIS SITE: I have chosen to share my adventures with you.
MY SECOND REASON: There is a lot of bogus information about me flying around in cyberspace, as well as here on Earth. This is an attempt to set the records straight with a truthful, tell-all account that includes all the details of my real life.
After living in Costa Rica for about 11 years and then returning to the States, I lost contact with many of my friends here. First I tried finding them on Facebook without much luck. Next I tried Googling in names only to find ads claiming "We found So and So." There are hundreds of these sites professing to be free. Yah, sure. I decided to break down and pay for one.
For the heck of it I typed in my own name, and lo and behold I learned a lot about myself that I didn't know. Wow, I owned a 14-bedroom house at the corner of Payne and E. 33rd. St., downtown (perhaps a bordello?). I actually did own two historic brownstones on Prospect Ave. in downtown, but even if you were to count the bedrooms of both houses it wouldn't add up to 14. Then I went on to discover that I had lived in five states that I have never even visited. Am I going senile or what?
I thought maybe I had the wrong Dusty Pilot, but how many of them can there be out there? Reading further, they did have my age right, and they came close to being accurate about my past employment. They said I had worked for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Not so. I worked for The Cleveland Press.
The Plain Dealer did stories on me and I was frequently mentioned in their
Mary Strassmeyer's "Mary, Mary" gossip column while I was writing for The Press. This
is unusual because normally a competing paper doesn't write about a writer of a
competitor paper. Maybe that's what got them confused.
While writing the "Pilot Projects" column published in The Press, which was a part-time job then, The News-Herald offered the position of editing their two weekend magazines. I took the job but had to use a pen name to avoid the conflict of interest of writing for two newspapers at the same time. My News-Herald pen name was Richard Kitay.
The "people finders" never mentioned Richard Kitay (maybe they didn't read The News-Herald). HOWEVER, they did say that I use the ALIAS Dusty Emil. Emil is my middle name but I only use the initial E. I'll go on to that in a minute.
Within two yeas The Press offered me a position of writing feature articles, nnnnn so I left The News-Herald. Shortly after I was appointed editor of The Press'
Saturday Home Magazine. I also continued writing the "Pilot Projects" column which later became syndicated.
Back to those "people finder" sites, and the ALIAS Dusty Emil. My impression of people who use aliases is that they are up to no good--somebody running from the law, trying to commit fraud or other illegal activity.
After hours of pondering over it I finally came to a conclusion. Here's what happened: Shortly after moving to Costa Rica I went to the Costamicense de Electricidad (ICE), provider of electricity and telecommunications to have a land-line phone installed in my house. Taking care of this kind of business in foreign countries, especially when you are just learning the language, can be difficult. I filled out the paperwork in Spanglish, describing where the house was (they don't have street address in the countryside or on beaches). Not easy.
It took me about 45 minutes to complete the simple form, which I signed "Dusty Pilot." I proudly handed it to the gal along with my passport for identification. Now, most Spanish people have one or two given names, followed by two surnames. The first surname (considered the primary surname) is inherited from the father's paternal surname, the second is inherited from the mother's paternal surname. It can be confusing.
The ONLY legal document that has my middle name spelled out is my passport. Inadvertently the gal typed in my surname as Emil. I didn't realize this until I paid my first bill at a nearby country store. I didn't want to make another long trip back to ICE, jump through Spanglish hoops again to have it corrected. Besides, family, friends and important people had my phone number. I couldn't imagine anyone trying to look me up in the Costa Rica white pages. In hindsight, I think that not correcting it sent up a big red flag. It seems I've had a knack of sending up red flags throughout my entire life, and never meaning to.
Okay, I figured out where the Dusty Emil came from. But what really got me was the fact that someone took time and effort to connect Dusty Pilot to Dusty Emil in a foreign country. ALL legal documents such as land deeds, bank accounts, credit cards, licences, taxes etc., in Costa Rica and other countries, including the U.S., are in my legal name, Dusty Pilot. In conclusion I'm sure a government agency made the connection. After all the red flags I unwittingly sent up, for sure I'm a "low priority person of interest" to the government. You are probably thinking I am just paranoid. Read the rest of my story and about my experiences, then make your judgement. Like my friends say, "Your experiences are almost like fiction." But they aren't.
Some are terrifying, others mysterious and intriguing, but all are factual and somewhat entertaining.
It's a well known fact that Google, Yahoo and Bing along with all the others, including high-tech government
agencies, send out spiders, crawlers and other creatures to gather their info. I'm hoping they
stop here to acquire accurate information that will help them get their facts straight. All they,
or anyone else, has to do is type in my name and they will end up here for FREE! What more can
This site will continue growing as new things are always happening. It will be easier to share here
than sending post cards. I just hope I'm not on the no fly list. If you stop back, and I hope you do, go to the "TABLE OF CONTENTS" page and check for the latest updates.
Enjoy, and thanks for stopping by -- Dusty
Dusty Pilot Public speaker | Freelance writer
NOTE:I highly recommend reading the INTRODUCTION page before going further. It gives pertinent information which you should know from the beginning.
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