AERO CLUB SCANDAL
The following paragraph was excerpted from:
"Iím Working on a Million Dollar Deal":
A Biographical Essay on Henry Woodhouse
by Jerry Kuntz
"By 1918 there was overt confrontation between the factions. J.C. "Bud" Mars (who, by the way, was
Alfred Lawson's first flying instructor) accused Woodhouse of being a murderer, and of defaming the
Aero Club. Furthermore, he alleged that Woodhouse had registered for the draft, and then claimed exemption on "essential labor"
grounds. In late 1918, an opposition faction tried to unseat then-president Wood and his cronies; but was unable to gain access to the
membership list needed to collect proxy votes. Over the next two years, The Aero Club's influence waned as a result of the combination
of infighting combined with the rise of other aviation organizations centered on WWI pilot veterans."
If you read the whole fascinating story, you will find that Bud was deeply involved and played a
primary role in the dispute. You can access the site by clicking on the title above.