In the meantime, Mike Shafer of Mercury Aircraft Sales, a terrific guy and aircraft broker, went to work on my behalf. He contacted a number of operations in Florida, all of which told him no thanks. One said the company was “looking for younger blood.” Gradually it dawned on me. As a white male baby boomer, I had never, not once, been subjected to prejudice of any kind. From what I heard Mike say, it was beginning to look like I was too old or too odd to compete.