Robin Roberts is to bless an airship belonging to the Goodyear Company.
Robin Roberts, of “Good Morning America” fame, long-time ESPN sportscaster and successful author, is to bless (or rather christen) a blimp 'Wingfoot One' owned by the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company on Saturday, August 23, in Suffield, Ohio.
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Roberts is a female who will christen the blimp like two other women have done so in the past as well. These are none other than Sally K. Ride and Amelia Earhart.
However, Roberts will be among the first passengers to fly on Wingfoot One. The christening ceremony of August 23 will take place at the company's Wingfoot Lake hangar, near the company's global headquarters in Akron.
The CEO of the company has declared his pride and delight in having the Goodyear blimp christened by Robin Roberts. Besides being a very accomplished TV anchor, Robin is also on family terms with Goodyear which only adds to the bond.
"We are honored and delighted to have Robin continue our proud tradition of christening the Goodyear blimp," said Richard J. Kramer, chairman and chief executive officer of Goodyear.
"In addition to being a supremely talented broadcaster, Robin has a family legacy with Goodyear and Akron. The combination of her personal connection to our city and company, her distinguished professional achievements and charitable works makes Robin an ideal choice to christen our newest icon."
Her reputation as a trusted media personality and the philanthropic and humanitarian legacy she has left behind her makes her an ideal choice for Goodyear in the christening of their novel blimp before it takes to the empyrean heights.
Roberts also spoke of how her great grandfather had worked for the Goodyear Company in Akron. It was truly an honor to be asked to christen the blimp for the company two generations later.
"This is incredibly meaningful to my family," said Roberts.
"My great grandfather moved his family from down south to Akron in 1918 to work for Goodyear. Never could he have imagined that one day one of his descendants would be asked to christen the blimp. I'm very honored."
When you go into Robin Roberts’ family history, you find that her grandfather too worked for the company in Akron. Her mother who passed away some years ago also went to high school in the selfsame town. And her deceased father too had a connection with the conglomerate.
It seems to run in the family. Slowly and steadily Robin worked her way up the ranks and finally reached her spot on Good Morning America where she proudly stands today.
She has even won a Peabody Award for her groundbreaking work. The christening ceremony will occur in August in Akron. Roberts will get to travel aboard the blimp too.
The airship is titled Wingfoot One and it will have a limited number of tickets for a selected few. The coverage of sports events via this blimp will be taking place soon.
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Meanwhile, the Goodyear Company takes great pride in its achievements and accomplishments. With over 300 products among its creations, the Goodyear Company has a reputation which is the best in the world.