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March 10, 2012 Ukiah Brewing Company, Ukiah, California
Moonalice poster by Wendy Wright
According Moonalice legend, tonight’s poster by Wendy Wright features one of the great matriarchs from these parts, Ukiah Moonalice. Ukiah led the tribe for a generation, but her greatest contribution was the invention of crop dusting. In true Moonalice tradition, Ukiah put her own twist on it. She didn’t believe in pesticide, but she believed in keeping her farm hands happy. Each day at 4:20, she took to the air and dropped doobies to the people working in the fields. As you can imagine, this was a great advance in labor relations. Then one of the workers pointed out that it’s always 4:20 somewhere. Ukiah had to scramble to keep her biplane in the air, but she kept the field hands fully supplied 24x7.
According to Moonalice legend, artist Wendy Wright believes the poster depicts Frances Moonalice, she was a famous W.A.S.P pilot back in WWII. She was a real ace. After she finished the service, she bought her own bi-plane. She became a aerobatic stunt pilot and participated in air show carnivals. She would steal the show with her tricks and maneuvers and become one of the most influential women pilots of her time.