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By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated July 23, 2001 12:00 PM
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Harrison Ford, 59, has long said that he would rather be doing carpentry than speaking to a crowd, but he managed to keep both feet on the ground in Seattle this weekend, when he spoke eloquently of his love of flying. Then again, reports the Associated Press, he was addressing a most appropriate audience: those attending a fund-raising gala for the city’s Museum of Flight. The star’s appearance was part of an effort to raise $3 million for children’s programs at the museum. Ford, who flew his own float plane into Seattle, said he was happy to help “engage kids in the romance and the mystery and the adventure of flying . . . I know what it means.” Earlier this month, Ford, who lives part-time in Jackson, Wyo., piloted his own helicopter to pick up a 13-year-old boy who strayed from his Boy Scout group and became lost overnight in a forest in northwestern Wyoming.