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During the early 1980’s Paul belonged to the Central CT Radio Control Club of Farmington CT along with Peter Reed. Peter ran some races there and Paul became interested in Pylon Racing. He built several Q-500 planes and a Formula One, but never entered a race. He was infatuated with the process of running the race and set up of the matrix and scoring.
Paul started working out a computer program using an Apple and then later an old IBM using the popular computer language of that era. By the late eighties he began using the program at the races, all the while expanding and improving the program.
In 1990, Paul finally got to show his stuff at the USA FAI F3D pylon team selection race. For those of you that have tried to sort out the scoring for this event using a base score of 200 and then subtracting your total seconds of flight plus ten % for a cut, you can begin to appreciate the beauty of this program. From then on, Paul became a fixture at all of national and local events (Lucky Us)!!!
Paul decided to market his program and with the help of Dave Doyle acting as “Mr. Stupid User” over a two year period, developed a rather goof proof program that can run fast on a 286 and like lightening on a 386. NEPRO bought up two used HP 286 laptops for $100 each and is running the entire system off a car battery and two small inverters. Paul has put thousands of hours into fine tuning his program. We consider the program a gift from a fellow modeler and a great contribution to the pylon racing community.
When the NMPRA decided to vote in the Eastern states as the head of the organization by voting in Lloyd Burnham in 1993, it was Paul Page again that came to the front with computer help to run the organization. Paul volunteered to be the newsletter editor and is responsible for the professional quality of our “High Performance” publication. Paul continued his editor duties while Lloyd, Pete Reed and Vern Smith were presidents.
When Dave Doyle had enough of the Secretary/Treasurer job after four years, it was again Paul that came forward to do this as well. Paul has been and is today an extra ordinary contributor to the continuation and success of the NMPRA organization. It is with great pride that we induct Paul Page into the NMPRA Hall of Fame.