Brian Robertson left Long Beach Airport last Dec. 22 in a 1980 Cessna, fixed-wing, multi-engine aircraft.
He took off at 8:05 a.m., and it was supposed to take him six hours and 20 minutes to reach his destination of York Airport in Pennsylvania, where the 38-year-old Huntington Beach businessman was headed to see family.
That evening, witnesses in York, just two miles from the local airport, reported seeing the plane spinning through the air out of control just before it crashed into a corn field, killing Robertson.
You may remember reading about this Christmastime tragedy. Robertson and his wife, Eileen, have three children, ages nine, seven and four. A brilliant man, Robertson had been the chief executive of Amonix, a solar technology company based in Seal Beach. He was also a graduate of MIT and earned a master's degree at Harvard Business School. But when you speak with his widow, you learn so much more than the basic (albeit impressive) facts of his life.