...Anyone who travels very much on airlines in the United States soon gets to know the voice of the airline pilot…coming over the intercom . . . with a particular drawl, a particular folksiness, a particular down-home calmness that is so exaggerated it begins to parody itself…That particular voice may sound vaguely Southern or Southwestern, but it is specifically Appalachian in origin. It was the drawl of the most righteous of all the possessors of the right stuff: Chuck Yeager....
American journalist, essayist, and novelist. A native of Richmond, Virginia, Wolfe earned a B.A. at Washington and Lee University and a Ph.D. in American studies from Yale. Working as a traditional journalist at the Washington Post and the New York Herald Tribune, Wolfe started to utilize techniques derived from narrative fiction, creating what became known as the New Journalism. Books such as The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby (1965), The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1968), and From Bauhaus to Our House (1981) established his reputation as a witty social critic and historian of popular culture. Wolfe's National Book Award–winning chronicle of the American space program, The Right Stuff (1979), was made into a popular film. His ambitiously sprawling satiric novels- Bonfire of the Vanities (1987), A Man in Full (1998), and I Am Charlotte Simmons (2005)-aim to depict the breadth of American society. See also tomwolfe.com.