Capt. Ernie Foster

The Men Who Reinvented Fishing

Capt. Ernie Foster is likely the last captain in the original family of sport fishing — his father started the first charter boat in North Carolina in 1937. Now this Hatteras captain works to keep the family fleet that fishes for fun in harmony with neighbors who fish for profit.

John Harris

The Simplest Flying Machine

John Harris learned to fly in the 1970s with a piece of nylon. And still today, whether he’s holding a kite string in his hands on the Nags Head beach or strapping a hang glider to his back on Jockey’s Ridge, he enjoys knowing that the only thing keeping the contraption aloft is the breeze beneath him.

The Backyard Clothesline

Hanging clothes is more than pinning garments on a line. It tells you something about your neighbors, and it tells them something about you. For one of the state’s most beloved artistic families, hanging clothes brings them closer to home.