Belated appreciation and acknowledgement
For poets and philosophers, however, was a fascinating figure. If in the beginning they were merely the authors of mockery rhymes, they were eventually joined by others more interested in the tragedy of the case. Engineer and author Max Eyth finally laid a foundation to Berblinger's memorial in 1906 with his two-volume novel “The Ulm Tailor”. The subtitle reads, “The story of a man born 200 years ahead of his time”. After rehabilitation via countless writers of all persuasions, poets, composers and eventually film producers, the aviators followed suit. After his machine's fitness for flight had been proved in principle, his greatest aeronautical justification came in 1986 when to commemorate the 175-year anniversary of the legendary date, the town of Ulm organized a Berblinger Flight Competition at the very same historical spot. In spite of the well-known lack of thermals at this site, one of the contestants succeeded in gliding across the Danube. This finally and conclusively vindicated the Tailor's reputation - albeit decidedly too late for him.