Funeral services will be conducted at Tempe, Ariz tomorrow at 3pm for Baird T Spalding, 95, research engineer, world traveler and author who died in the Arizona city last Thursday.
Baird T Spalding had a long and colorful history, and anyone interested in his life will quickly find themselves knee deep in anecdotal tales. In order to separate fact from fiction, I believe it is critical to establish the key facts of Spalding’s background. Unfortunately very few sources agree on his biographical details, and the information provided by Spalding and his publisher has been inconsistent.
Last week I was fortunate enough to meet with Bob Cowles in San Francisco. Bob met Baird T Spalding in Los Angeles during the early 1950’s, and related some of Spalding’s tall tales to me. I’ll be publishing a brief article on Bob and Spalding’s meeting soon.