Jim Hodgson is from Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Industrial Engineering in 1971. He earned his Naval Aviator Wings with the Marine Corps in 1972 and a Masters in Management in 1976. In 1978 he became a pilot with Continental Airlines. He retired in 2013 with over 28,000 flight hours.
In 1997 he helped found the OV-10 Bronco Association as a nonprofit corporation to establishing an aviation museum in Fort Worth. Today, the Bronco Association operates the Fort Worth Aviation Museum that tells the story of how aviation has changed lives, the economy, and culture of North Texas since 1911. It maintains a growing collection of 26 war birds.
Jim is the Executive Director and Chairman of the Bronco Association. He is a member of the Tarrant County Historical Commission and one of the original founders of the Texas Centennial Commemoration group. He lives in Grapevine, Texas with his wife Donna. Jim has one married son and a grandson.
At the beginning of WWI Texas had not progressed much beyond the Civil War. With the beginning of hostilities in Europe, Texas underwent a transformation that changed everything forever with many of those changes still being felt today.
This presentation discusses Texas and World War I from a home perspective and shows how lives, the culture and economy were changed forever.
It begins with the border conflicts from 1910 to 1917 and then continued through the war years, after the war and the lasting effects still evident today.