No, I didn't know Van Campen Heilner. How flippin old do you think I am?
He was a contributor among around 24 striper greats in Waldman's Striper Anthology and the bio there says he authored, along with Frank Stick, The Call of the Surf
in 1924. Assuming he was born say, 1890, he would be 115 today. I guess it is only natural when somebody is kind of old that he probably fished or flew kites with Ben Franklin. I did spend some time with Frank Stick's grand daughter in the back seat of my '51 Ford and she was as b-o-r-i-n-g as a toad.