Improv Class is Where Worlds Collide

The following is an article written by student Erica Riddick. She traded experiences with her classmate John Cadman. She offered him preview tickets to the haunted house where she has been moonlighting, and he offered her a tour of the aeronautics facility where he works.


in the unfinished basement
39º 6’ 11” N / 84º 25’ 6” W
Saturday October 7, 2017
10:00 est (06:00 gmt)
72º F
62.1º F dewpoint
71% humidity
29.95” pressure
10 mile visibility
11.5 mph winds south
scattered clouds, but no rain
waning gibbous moon

Head engineer pilot - John Cadman

Co-pilot - Erica Riddick


Souls on voyage - 12 (plus approximately 10 students from Seven Hills School who joined us)

We gathered for learning, awe of science, and wonder in aviation (and to celebrate a birthday) on a beautiful day.  John Cadman, our head pilot and GE engineer far exceeded my dreams of a successful journey.  It was discovered John had already had an illustrious career at NASA before coming to GE.  John was so skilled at fielding EVERY question, another group from Seven Hills School piloted by a GE finance employee requested to join our mission.  We landed at 12:15 and enjoyed gluten free flax chocolate mini cupcakes and a rousing rendition of happy birthday before heading to our separate final destinations.  I left with the germination of hope we may be able to celebrate my birthday next year at the GE testing facility in Peebles Ohio!

I am never disappointed by the amazing hidden talents of those around me, just waiting to be discovered with a little easy exploration.  John Cadman, part of my improv community is no exception.  Tall, friendly and unassuming, and much more than he appears.  Get to know an improv-er you admire, or perhaps one who is an enemy (as if such a thing exists!?), you will likely be amazed at who you discover within and may even make a new friend for life.

Thank you John Cadman and so many friends for coming together and making this one of my all time best birthdays ever!