Back in the good old days, there was a lot of scud running and not much real IFR. A lot of us thought that the best way to improve the general aviation safety picture would be to get more people into IFR flying. My father, Leighton Collins, started this, in the old Air Facts, soon after World War Two. He wrote many words encouraging light airplane IFR and printed many more by other folks. I came along a bit later and joined in. Both of us practiced what we preached.
One of life’s simplest pleasures comes in realizing that you were wrong about something and that is true here. There is almost infinitely more IFR flying now than there was in the 50s and 60s yet the accident rate where weather is involved has not improved much. The simple pleasure is found in the challenge of trying to figure out why we were wrong.