I didn’t know any of this. To me, he was just the guy who ran the flight school and checked me out in its Citabria, N11097, and Champ, N9986Y. I had never flown taildraggers before, and Short taught me that the key to a good landing is to feel for the ground with the tailwheel. To this day, I still land tri-gear airplanes that way, holding them off as the nose goes higher and higher, eclipsing the runway, the stall horn blaring. If the airplane is not on the verge of stalling when the wheels touch, I am unhappy with the landing. Short, who died in 1976 at the age of 65, lives on in the hearts of certain jazz aficionados, and in my landings.