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Blue Horizons (Republic RC-3 Seabee Amphibian) © 2014

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Published on Mar 31, 2014

© 2014 Carl Hankwitz - All Rights Reserved.

This family movie was created in 1948 and 1949. The "Blue Horizons" Project was entered in a contest sponsored by the Milwaukee Amateur Movie Society in 1950. The competition was held at the Shorewood High School Auditorium and was open to the public. The film won First Prize. Film directed and shot and edited by Walter Chapelle and Ione Hankwitz. Flying done by Dr. Arthur W. Hankwitz.

The Airport is of course, Milwaukee's General Mitchell Field and the lake where all the water work was photographed is Lake Okauchee, located near Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, about 30 miles West of Milwaukee.

I remember a fun-filled summer that we spent at the old Green Gables Resort while the film was in production. My siblings and I will not forget the experience.

This film is now dedicated to my mother and father, who had the foresight to capture about 20 years of our childhood (16,000 feet of 16mm color film) thinking not of themselves, but of their future grand children and great-grandchildren to enjoy, helping to tell a part of the story of their family that lived before them.

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