My neighbor is only “good ole Mr. Wilson” to me, articulate pleasantries over a blockade or pleasantly bringing a biscuit to a dog, though Ray Wilson is a male who has been around a universe many times.
He has visited some-more than 50 countries, taken 42 cruises, visited Hawaii about 4 dozen times and has been to 6 continents. He skeleton on holding a organisation to Antarctica in Jan 2016 to strike No. 7.
He helped many internal travelers see a universe by giving some-more than 45 tours. we sat down with Wilson recently and discussed his business, Wilson Travel Services. What a fascinating career and life Wilson and his wife, Joan, have had over a final 60 years. He has many stories, cinema and memories to share.
Wilson began operative in a transport attention in his business. It was initial located during 53 S. Second St., subsequent changed to a north side of a Square (now Goumas Confections), afterwards shifted to a new building during 17 E. Church St. In a 1970s, Wilson purchased a building during 10-14 E. Locust St. for his business, where it remained until shortly after 2001.
Wilson has been represented in many travel-related organizations over a years and is famous for assembly a needs of his travelers. He is a oldest purebred transport representative in Ohio. He also was concerned with organizing a organisation to commend a Newarks of a world.
One of his many surprising and nerve-wracking trips was a Rotary Club debate during that some-more than 60 people visited all of Europe and had many opposite particular itineraries.
Just before a depart date, TWA went on strike, withdrawal his organisation with no flights to Europe and presumably no flights returning home.
Quick-thinking Wilson used franchised buses to get a organisation to New York, took El Al Airlines to Paris, and afterwards connected with a British European Airlines to London. Everyone met behind together in Germany during a German Braunchweig Rotary Club.
Many people in a organisation had engaging transport tales to share, while Wilson was wondering how he was going to get his organisation home. Thankfully, about dual days before a depart date, TWA settled, and everybody got behind home a some-more simply afterwards when they’d come.
Is Wilson finished with a transport business? Not yet. While a downtown bureau no longer exists, for a final decade, Wilson has been doing personal consultations for clients out of his home on Ken Mar Lane. He still leads tours himself, and there’s still a lot of universe to see.
Linda Leffel is a late clergyman and evident past boss of a Licking County Historical Society.
Next week’s question
Where was a largest potato plantation in a county?