A resident of Erie PA, Lee is one of the world’s most famous fliers and is commonly recognized as an early pioneer or dogstake (solo) flying, indoor kite flying, quad lines and other disciplines… He is also a kite-flying and kite-building champion who has been featured on the cover of Smithsonian magazine.
Sedgwick said he was bitten by the kite bug at the age of 33 while visiting his brother in San Diego and was watching a guy flying a rainbow stunt kite at Mission Bay… As it turned out, the flyer was none other than Steve Edeiken, then president of Rainbow Kite Company and chairman of the Kite Trade Association International.
Edeiken was later killed while attempting to set a new record for flying the world’s largest kite. That was in 1983… The American Kite Association subsequently created the Steve Edeiken Award, which is annually given to outstanding flyers for lifetime achievement in kiting. Sedgwick won the award in 1994.