Visit the 1997 Championships Results page for more
information on the trophy and it's presentation.
Although Fred was an avid soaring pilot, owned an ASW-19 and flew in both FAI and 1-26 competition, the film does not
include his soaring experiences. Fred was recently honored by the 1-26 Association which renamed its Annual Championship
Team Trophy the McNiell/Cuny Trophy. Bob McNiell and Fred flew as team pilots in several 1-26 Championships.
Fred will also be honored by the Bosnian Government later this year for the work that his company, Intertect Relief and
Reconstruction Co., performed in Sarajevo from 1993 until 1995. An emergency water system developed and installed by
Intertect provided 80% of the water to Sarajevo throughout the siege and in 1995, during the heaviest seige period, it
provided the only water to the city of 300,000 people. Intertect also worked across the Bosnian and Serbian confrontation
lines to ensure the continued supply of natural gas to the City of Sarajevo during the siege. Fredís disaster relief
strategies focussed on their strategic impact rather than their humanitarian benefits. The maintenance of the water and
gas supply in Sarajevo were instrumental in preventing the success of the Serbian seige of the City in defeating the
Bosnian people. Fred was instrumental in defining American foreign policy in Bosnia during the conflict.
I contacted Chris Buchanon from FRONTLINE who has done a lot of the work on
the Cuny special. The Special will be presented on October 14 at 9:00 PM
Eastern time on the local PBS station. It has been postponed to permit the
addition of footage that will be taken during a presentation of a memorial
award to Fred by the Bosnian government. This ceremony is to happen in
September some time.