Paul Poberezny Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Paul Poberezny addresses the crowd after receiving an award from the Wisconsin Historical Society this week.
May 15, 2008 — EAA Founder and Chairman Paul Poberezny received the Seymour Cray Award for Distinction in Technology Wednesday, May 14, at the Wisconsin Historical Society's Third Annual Wisconsin History Makers Gala in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
After he was introduced by EAA Director Emeritus Verne Jobst, Poberezny paid tribute to his wife, Audrey, as well as the many thousands of members and volunteers who helped build and grow EAA. "Over the years, I've learned more about people than airplanes," he said. "I am pleased that so many people have recognized EAA and AirVenture. It's a real honor."
Poberezny was among five distinguished honorees that also included retired Green Bay Packers President and CEO Bob Harlan; philanthropists Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern; and renowned thoracic transplant surgeon, Dr. Alfred J. Tector of Milwaukee.
Poberezny's idea - EAA - has often been described as the world's most dynamic aviation organization. Each year, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh draws more than 500,000 people and 10,000 airplanes to Oshkosh for the world's premier general aviation event. Poberezny is one of the most decorated men in the international aviation community, having received literally hundreds of trophies, awards and honors for his countless contributions to the world of flight.
He is a 1999 inductee to the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio, America's place of honor for its most legendary aviators. In 2002 he also received the prestigious Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy from the National Aeronautic Association.