I can't remember if it was 1959 or 1960 when I first met Ed. I was in the Navy and stationed at the Olathe Naval Air Station. I remember he and his wife Marie had a daughter named Ann who went to the Sunflower Skating Rink. Ann who went by the nick name of "Corky" became a good friend and she was always inviting skaters to her home. Boys or girls or both, it didn't matter. I remember her father seemed like a gentle giant to me. I couldn't beleive the love this family shared with everyone. Ed was still driving the bus and as I remember making runs to St. Louis, Mo.. He would invite me to the bus station in K.C., Mo. and show me everything thing there was to know about busses. I never got tired of that ! I simply loved being around him. There was another daughter in western Kansas that his family would go to visit. On one paticular week end myself and another sailor from the base , Don Lovison, were invited to go along to meet Deana and her family. There was always something to do at the Bailey home. He always seemed to treat me more like a son than a roller skater. ED became very special to me and I found myself loving him like a real father. I know there are many people who can
attest to the same type of memories of him that I have. I always made it a point to stop and visit with him every time I was in Olathe. Ed, you made my life so much richer. THANK YOU ED
Edgar A. Smith
aka " Smitty "
Cecil , Ohio