Edward Micrometer Cotterpin II
Eddie grew up in the Pacific northwest, the son of a chemistry professor at the University of Washington. The senior Cotterpin loved his home built lab, working on a wide variety of super complex formulas, ratios, experiments, and building “the most efficient home rain gutter system the world would ever know.”
The younger Eddie was always bright, calculated EVERYTHING from an early age, and showed strong competency in problem solving. He impressed his father at age 7 by discovering how to bake 2 dozen chocolate chip cookies with ingredients required for 1 dozen … just make smaller cookies! Eddie got straight A’s all through elementary school. By 6th grade his teachers decided that he wasn’t being challenged enough and should be immediately advanced to 12th grade. (Also, possibly because he incinerated every blade of grass in the athletic field while conducting a “turf management experiment”). He graduated Valedictorian, and earned a Bachelors of Science degree from Princeton University only three years later, graduating Summa Cum Laude.
With a degree on his wall at the age of 16, Eddie was looking for new challenges. He was closely following the work and experiments of now famed genius Albert Einstein, and regularly studied his theory of relativity. (Eddie will occasionally address the fact that his initials are e=mc2). He became quite entrepreneurial, realizing that if he wanted time for his experiments and hobbies, he’d have to work for himself. Eddie had several mildly successful businesses: Engine building, aircraft maintenance, appliance repair, a bait and tackle shop, and even a brief stint as a pastry chef… anything to pay the bills. But when the work day ended, Eddie’s real passion kicked into gear. Hours were spent in HIS garage turned lab, working on countless useful experiments and projects. Some of his favorites that he’ll boast about include an instrument-flyable aircraft for his dog Doolittle, a device that prepares sandwiches, a bicycle that folds into a briefcase, and a two way radio wristwatch loaned to a detective for law enforcement testing.
Eddie has even fulfilled a dream by working closely with Albert Einstein, as well on what he’ll call “top secret” government projects conducted during WW2. The government even funded another long term goal of Eddie’s, putting him through flight school! It was Eddie’s most recent big time project that brought him here to Fantasy of Flight. It was a fateful day in early ‘49 when Eddie was assisting Mr. Einstein on what they called a Chronological Interval Transference and Displacement Device (or time machine for us non-scientist folk). Einstein left the lab for a lunch break, but Eddie was determined to keep tinkering. He touched two wires together, there was the sound of whooshing electricity, the room spun into a dizzying blur, and Eddie woke up in the present day.
As much as Eddie would like to get home and back to his lab, he enjoys admiring things here at Fantasy of Flight quite a bit, especially Rosie. He’s happy to meet guests and travelers from all over the world, and encourages them to light the spark within. Sometimes Eddie will get pressure from our other time travelers, since he’s been charged with the responsibility of repairing their various aircraft, as well as getting them all back to their different times and homes. Eddie is wildly curious about learning how things work, and finding a lot of that here at Fantasy of Flight, so he doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to get back to 1949.