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Larry Kangas in front of a tiger mural he recently painted for a San Diego retirement home .

Curiosity is the very basis of education and if you tell me that curiosity killed the cat, I say only the cat died nobly. — Arnold Edinborough

I love the Internet. It keeps me in touch with loved ones and friends while I’m all the way across the country. I can see pictures of my great grandson as he takes his first step, and keep in touch with a son’s who’s halfway across the world in Afghanistan. 

It also adds an extra dimension to my travels, from researching my destinations to answering a head full of questions, including a recent one about who was the artist that painted a fire house in Morton, Washington, which I wrote about August 2.  

My curiosity, which I guarantee is greater than the one that killed the cat, wanted to know more about the artist. I was sure I had seen other work by him in my travels.  

With only the signature “Kangas’” to go on, I searched the Web and discovered the artist was Larry Kangas of Beaverton, Oregon, and that he has been painting big for over 35 years – and is still going. 

We exchanged a couple of e-mails, and I learned that he has painted his murals on everything from walls in private homes to aviation museums. As a U.S. Air Force navigator for 21 years, aircraft have been one of favorite subjects over the years.  

Assisted living facilities have been the beneficiary of his most recent work, however. 

“Must be those boomers,” he says, adding that “I am one.” He said the idea is to bring in the mural artists to paint some “memories.” 

Thanks Larry, for yet another one of those interesting travel surprises that keep me wanting never to leave the road. And thanks to the Internet for letting this “inquiring mind” learn a bit about “the rest of the story,” as Paul Harvey always liked to say.  

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