I’d like to introduce myself: I’m Ted Fornetti. My wife, Mary, and I moved to Iron Mountain in 1973. I’m a dentist by profession and began practicing with my father who started here in 1949; and have since been joined by my brothers Tony and John in ’77 and ’81; and most recently by our oldest son, Ted, in 2001. Our younger son, Paul, is at Michigan State in the pre-dental program. Somehow our youngest escaped and is an English major at St. Norbert College, DePere, WI.
I began flying in 1990. At the request of Bob Larson, I began doing Airlifeline flights in 1997. For the last two years I have been flying 30 to 40 lifeline flights per year. It is really a satisfying experience to be able to provide this service to people at a time when their need is great. I sometimes wonder who derives more benefit, we who fly, or our passengers. I hope it is many years before I have to give this up. Maybe I can have the longevity and endurance of Bob Larson.