Happy Birthday, Fast Eddie!
Eddie Vernon Rickenbacker was born on October 8, 1890, in Columbus, Ohio.
Rickenbacker’s love of all things mechanical began in his childhood. He was partly inspired by his father’s words, “a machine has to have a purpose.” His experiments and fearlessness led to several near-death experiences early in life. These included a run-in with a horse-drawn carriage and an accident while riding a cart down the slope of a mine.