The Captain Jack name began in 1977
when Bill Dennis started doing aerial traffic reports for WHO
radio. Later WHO-TV and its FM station KLYF were added to the
stations using Captain Jack traffic reports. Captain Jack has
over 17,000 hours of flying time and over 2,000,000 miles of
flying. (Prior to 1977, Bill was a flight instructor for private
and commercial pilots and still holds current commercial airplane
and commercial helicopter licenses). In addition to aerial traffic
reports, Bill added aerial photography to the operation. Although
he retired from aerial traffic reports in 2001, several thousand
aerial photos are shot each year. Bill also started programming
computers in the early 1980's when "home" computers first came
out. Bill now enjoys Internet programming "HTML" and all of
these pages were written by him. Bill also purchased his own
Internet server in 1996 and then with Captain Jack Communications, provides
a direct connection to the Internet "backbone" in Chicago.
The Captain Jack Tree Farm was started in the Spring of 1984
when Bill purchased 40 acres of land for a Christmas tree farm
near Saylorville Lake, just north of Des Moines, IA. That year
1,500 seedlings were planted. Today, the tree farm has grown
to 75 acres and has approximately 50,000 evergreen trees and
seedlings. Captain Jack's Tree Farm is a "choose and cut" Christmas
tree farm and specializes in evergreen species such as Scotch
Pine, White Pine and Blue Spruce.
Christmas season was always very special at Captain Jack's Tree Farm.
You could listen to holiday music and eat free popcorn while you
choose your tree! There was a seasonal gift shop displaying many
unique Christmas tree collectibles and ornaments which are available
for sale. In the gift shop, we had a large-scale model train
to add to the holiday fun.
2006 was my last selling season - I've retired