June 3, 2007

Yeti Hunter’s Involved Brother Dies

Earl F. Slick

Earl F. Slick, 86, whose brother will forever be tied to Yeti, died on May 13, 2007, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The family delayed a public announcement until after services and his burial.

He is shown above in the 1940s, with a model of one of the air freight carriers in his then-new company.

Earl F. Slick was the brother of Tom Slick, the millionaire adventurer and Yeti hunter of the 1950s and early 1960s.

Earl served as a pilot in World War II, and was linked to the famed Flying Tigers that transported cargo across the Himalayas during the War.

In January 1946, Earl and Tom Slick, both young men in their 20s, founded Slick Airways, Inc. in San Antonio, Texas, and began operations in March 1946 using ten Curtiss C-46s. Eventually, Slick Airways would become part of the CIA’s Air America, flying supplies to Americans and other allies during the Vietnam War. (I’ve already discussed here, “Tom Slick, Snowmen, and Spying”.)

Slick Airways

Earl was involved with another one of Tom Slick’s personal pet projects, the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research in San Antonio. It was there where a captured Abominable Snowman was to be taken, then later, when the North American Bigfoot was being hunted, a caught Sasquatch, likewise, was to be sent to the SWFBR. Today, the research center still maintains the world’s largest colony of captive rhesus monkeys and has become a leader in blood-born disease research. Earl was on the board of directors until his death.

As reported in the Winston-Salem Journal’s obituary, Earl F. Slick and his wife, Jane, moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, from Texas in 1952. Besides continuting his leadership of Slick Airways until it was sold, Slick quickly established himself as a player in the city’s real-estate industry. He became a local developer who helped build Thruway Shopping Center, the Winston-Salem’s first shopping center in 1955.

Earl F. Slick, a graduate of Yale University, was born in Pennsylvania, and was the head of Slick Enterprises, with Slick’s office being located at 4400 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem.

Slick eventually expanded into chemicals and pollution-control equipment. He appears to have demonstrated a sense of humor and lack of interest in publicity that was a hallmark of the personality I discovered for Tom Slick. When Earl was asked about his profession, he would often simply reply “dog trainer,” officials for Slick Enterprises said after his death.

My condolences to his wife and daughter, grandkids, and all his relatives from Texas, Georgia, and North Carolina who have been kind enough to have welcomed me into their homes to talk about the legacy of the Slicks.

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