The Wayland Mayo Story
|FINAL EMPLOYMENT AND RETIREMENT|
One of the oldest and most respected companies in Florida was Bosworth Aerial Surveys. They had mapping jobs but no equipment to produce them with, and no employees who were photogrammetrists. Bosworth shipped the jobs to us in Columbus and we produced the job and returned it to them. Several times Mr. Bosworth came up in person to see how the jobs were done. One night he took me to dinner and offered me a job as Chief Photogrammetrist to come to Lake Worth, Florida and build a first order mapping company from scratch. Once again a company with limited capability but a challenge. Also I really wanted to get back to Florida.
I moved my family to West Palm Beach in 1973. Mr. Bosworth already had two Geronimo STOL aircraft , a six inch Zeiss RMKA 15/23, and the only 12 inch first order Zeiss RMKA 30/23 in private practice. Mr. Bosworth and I took a trip to Europe to see which stereo plotter to purchase. We visited the Wild factory in Switzerland, and the Zeiss factory in Germany. We also visited Luxembourg, France, and Austria. After using both machines I decided on the Wild A-10. At that time the digital mapping plotters were not available. The machine back in 73 cost $100,000. He wrote a check for it. He also purchased an E-4 Rectifying enlarger, the only one in private practice. So almost overnight Bosworth Aerial Surveys became the best equipped and most respected company in the U.S.
I became a Certified Photogrammetrist and a Professional Surveyor and Mapper registered
in the state of Florida. We were invited to all the conventions and meetings where I presented a show-and-tell
slide show. In 1981 I suffered a major heart attack and had to slow down a bit that was the end
of my flying career that I loved so dearly. I continued until my retirement as Chief Photogrammetrist.
I stayed with this great company for almost 25 years, retiring in 1997 at age 68. Mr. Bosworth is one
in a million and a great business man, greatly respected. My 25 years there are fondly remembered.
During this latter period, I was a Certified Photogrammetrist, a Professional Surveyor and Mapper with
the State of Florida, and an adjunct instructor at Palm Beach Community College.
The Republic of Korea reissued the Korean War service medal to commemorate
the 50th anniversary of the war. I was very happy to receive mine. No one had ever said thank
you before. I bought a 16 X 20 frame, separated the two letters, mounted the Korean letter on
the left and the English version on the right. The letters are separated 2 inches, and the medal mounted
in the middle. The background is light blue with a half inch red border. I believe everyone who has
not received theirs would be well advised to apply, if not too late. It is a very attractive conversation
It has been a pleasure sharing these memories with you.
Written by Wayland Mayo, web site historian