Indiana University Bloomington

So typical of his grace and charm

Suzann Mitten and Kent Owen, WTIU Public Information Director

When our son, Jordan, was 8 years old, he shared a seat with Herman Wells for his first airplane ride. (HBW took a special interest in Jordan because he bore the name of two university buildings and two significant people in IU history.) The grand man explained every movement of the wing flaps and every maneuver. When we got to our destination, our son said, "As I was telling Herman...." I said, "Oh, you didn't call him Herman, did you?" And he replied, "Only when he was asleep." On the return trip, Jordan had his own seat across the aisle from Dr. Wells. As the plane approached Bloomington, it hit an air pocket. Jordan's body released most of the soft drinks he had consumed on the flight, spraying across the aisle onto the coat of a snoozing Dr. Wells. When the plane landed, Dr. Wells awoke and realized what had happened. So typical of his grace and charm, he simply said: "I do hope it doesn't ruin flying for him."

From Remembering Herman B Wells, 1901-2000:, March 22, 2000

Thanks to the Bloomington Herald-Times for allowing Digital Wells to publish these excerpts from their archive.