AirVenture remembers EAA founder Poberezny

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OSHKOSH - EAA honored its founder Monday at AirVenture.

Friends of Paul Poberezny shared stories about him at the Theater in the Woods. Poberezny passed away last August at 91 years old.

He started EAA in 1953.

Those who knew him say he loved airplanes, but there was something he loved even more.

"What Paul was all about was people, and he was about how you bring a group of people together that share a common passion and help them get more out of what they're interested in and what they love to do and enable people to participate and be involved - and that's what Paul was all about. He loved people," EAA vice president of marketing Rick Larson said.

Poberezny received many awards in his life, including honors from the National Aeronautic Association, the National Aviation Hall of Fame and the Wisconsin Historical Society.