Jacques-André Istel (born 1930 in France) is a French-American recreational parachutist and investment banker widely responsible for popularizing parachuting in the United States. This article is about the country For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic France topics. Legal residents and citizens To be French according to the first article of the Constitution is to be a citizen of France regardless of one's origin race or religion ( The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Parachuting, also known as skydiving is where a person jumps from enough height so that he can deploy a fabric Parachute and land safely Investment banks profit from companies and governments by raising money through issuing and selling Securities in the Capital markets (both equity and He is sometimes called "the father of American skydiving. Parachuting, also known as skydiving is where a person jumps from enough height so that he can deploy a fabric Parachute and land safely "
Istel was born in France to Yvonne Istel, a prominent volunteer in both World War I and World War II, and André Istel, an investment banker. World War I (abbreviated WWI; also known as the First World War, the Great War, and the War to End All World War II, or the Second World War, (often abbreviated WWII) was a global military conflict which involved a majority of the world's nations, including He and his family fled France in 1940 to avoid the German invasion. Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany ( ˈbʊndəsʁepuˌbliːk ˈdɔʏtʃlant is a Country in Central Europe.  He later studied economics at Princeton University, graduating in 1949, and served in the U.S. Marines during the Korean War. Economics is the social science that studies the production distribution, and consumption of goods and services. Princeton University is a private Coeducational research university located in Princeton, New Jersey. The Korean War refers to a period of military conflict between North Korean and South Korean regimes with major hostilities lasting from June 25 1950 until the 
Istel first tried parachuting in 1950, and quickly became an expert. He soon started popularizing parachuting in America by touring college campuses and leading the American team he organized to the World Championship of Parachuting in 1956.  In 1958, he captained the U. S. team that won the French Coupe du Monde, together with Lew Sanborn, Dana Smith, and Charlie Hillard. Sporting competitions named World Cup include FIFA World Cup (men's football(soccer FIFA Women's World Cup (women's football(soccer The Danish Royal Family includes The Queen of Denmark and her family  He insisted on safety while parachuting, discussing safety regulations with the Civil Aeronautics Administration and pioneering the Telsan technique with Sanborn. He also co-founded Parachutes, Inc. with Sanborn, a company that designed parachutes and opened the first parachuting school in America. A parachute is a device used to slow the motion of an object through an atmosphere by creating drag. He was awarded the Leo Stevens Award for parachuting in 1958, and, decades later, the award is given by a museum in the town he founded.  He made his last jump in 1972 and sold Parachutes, Inc. in the mid-1980s. 
In 1985, Istel wrote a children's book entitled Coe, the Good Dragon at the Center of the World, and a year later founded the town of Felicity, California, named after his wife, Felicia. Felicity is an unincorporated town in Imperial County California, referred to as the "Center of the World"  The town has a plaque inside of a pyramid on which the story claims the center of the world is located. The town also has various other structures, including numerous granite monuments on which important names and events are engraved, as well as about 30 people.  In 1985, Imperial County, California recognized the site as the center of the world, as did the French government in 1989. Imperial County is a County located in the Imperial Valley, in the far southeast of the U  He is currently the mayor of Felicity.  He also gained two write-in votes in the 2003 California election as a Republican. A write-in candidate is a candidate in an Election whose name does not appear on the Ballot, but for whom voters may Vote nonetheless by writing in the The 2003 California recall election was a special Election permitted under California law