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Herbert "Bill" "Hub" Mason, Jr., former aviation editor and a well known aeronautical writer, passed away Wednesday, January 16, 2013 in San Antonio. He was not one to sit around. Hub joined the U.S. Marine Corps at the age of 17, traveling the world as a PFC Marine and attended to the aftermath of Pearl Harbor. He then worked with his father in Saudi Arabia where his uncle, Marion Martin, was a Vice President of Operations for ARAMCO. Herbert returned to care for his mother in San Antonio working at KONO AM as a reporter, as well as a co creator and producer of the show "So You Wanna Be A Cop." He attended the American University in Beirut and graduated from Trinity University with a degree in Journalism. Yearning for far bigger things, Hub went to New York City where he worked as an aviation editor for TRUE magazine. His efforts led to his first book contract at Random House with his book titled The Lafayette Escadrille. He then went on to publish twenty more books. He traveled and lived in Scandinavia and Europe, researching and writing. He returned to San Antonio to become Chief of the Magazine Branch for Hemisfair 1968. Hub also wrote and co-created the A&E Series "Hunters in the Sky." His last book title was Our First Century: 1899-1999. Loving father, devoted husband, and staunch supporter of the USMC, Hub respected the world's cultures, people and religions, especially his wife's native Norway, a place he kept in his heart of hearts. We shall miss him more than he may ever know. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Rigmor and daughter, Berit "Pixie" Mason, of San Antonio.
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Published in Express-News on Jan. 30, 2013