Wednesday, May 11, 2016
May 10, 1962
I tend to personalize important dates to help put them into context. Perhaps you do too?
Fifty-four years ago today, I was a diaper-wearing toddler and John F. Kennedy, Jr. showed great promise as our youngest-ever American president. (His son, John-John and I were the same age). America was the undisputed leader of the free world and the Iron Curtain was a de facto divider of good and evil. My family and I were eagerly awaiting the arrival of a new baby (May 28th, my now 54 year-old brother.)
American aviation was as diverse as it would ever be with players in every niche, ginormous to decidedly local. One of those players was Trans Texas Airlines who was growing and hiring hostesses to support that growth.
Gaye Burns flew from Shreveport to Houston for an interview (with a change of planes in Magnolia, Arkansas). She left her 4-year career as a long-distance telephone operator and took to the sky in the venerable DC3. What a life-changing decision she made!
A few years later, TTA started flying to Mexico and changed its name to Texas International. In the early 1980s, TI merged with Continental.
Now Gaye regularly flies to Germany with one of the largest airlines in the world. It's my good fortune to be flying with her in this, her anniversary month.
"Hi! I'm Gaye", delivered with such energy and exuberance (and double entendre) that you're certain you've just met a force of nature! (You have.)
And her customer "thank you and good-byes" are another unique Gaye signature, "Thank you for spending the night with us!"
Gaye is, I dare say, unforgettable.
Congratulations to our friend and colleague, Gaye Burns McFarland and many happy returns of the day!
We are so much better because you are here!