I live in Dayton, Ohio, a stone’s throw from the Wright Bros bicycle shop on Third. During my almost five years in Newspapers In Education at the Dayton Daily News, I lived and breathed the Wright Brothers. i was especially delighted you found so much more to them the “first airplane.”
It was a very long road for them and an even longer one for the media to notice that they were not nuts. It took an even longer time for Dayton to embrace them as local heros — about 100 years! (Well, Not that long, but it was a good 10 before they started taking them seriously.)
A great idea will always look like insanity to the outside world. There is a deep lesson in that, too.