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Good Luncheon in Atlanta yesterday!

Folks…..

Good Turnout yesterday for the Atlanta REPA Luncheon!

We had as a first timer Jim Towne, son of Eastern Captain Paul Towne….

As reported last week Jim will be our speaker in January (9th) where he will present an A/V about his father making the L-1011 two engine ferry out of Mexico City in February 1974, which did not end as planned!

Mark your calendar as it will be a fine presentation…

After a round of jokes and stories, some actually funny, we had the usual drawing with the winners shown below…

First Prize of $15.00 won by Brian Settles, Second of $10.00 claimed by Sandy McCulloh and $5.00 pocketed by Charlie Brown…

Jim Holder

Special Message about December and January Atlanta REPA Luncheons

Folks……

Shade late on the Atlanta REPA Luncheon Reminder (the Falcons – Hated Saints NFL Game Thursday night got me all messed up!!!)…

Anyhow we do not have a program for the Tuesday, December 12th Luncheon so bring a story and/or joke or you will be forced to listen to Virgil’s and mine again!!!

Want to give you a “Heads-Up” for the January 9th Luncheon though….

Jim Towne, son of Eastern Captain Paul Towne, will be presenting an A/V program on Captain Towne and his crew, about their Miracle Flight back in January 1974, where they immediately lost the 2nd engine on a L-1011 Two-Engine Ferry Flight taking off out of Mexico City….

You don’t want to miss it!!! (Hint! They never got above 400 feet!)

As usual we meet at the Piccadilly starting when it opens at 11:00 AM….

It is still on Godby Road, just East of Old National Highway…

Jim Holder

Plans set for the 2018 REPA Convention in Charleston, South Carolina!

Folks….

We have just been notified by incoming REPA President Bud Robbins that the 2018 REPA Convention plans have been finalized…

The 48th Annual REPA Convention will be held at the Francis Marion Hotel in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, arriving on September 4, 2018 and departing on September 7, 2018…

Downtown Charleston is loaded with shopping and fine dining as well as the excellent facilities provided at a fine old style hotel…

There will be much more about the convention on the REPA Website and in the 2018 REPArtee magazine (which will be mailed in late May of next year)…

So, mark your calendars and join us there!!!

Jim Holder

Luncheon Report: What Happened in Atlanta on October 10, 2017!

Ladies and Gentlemen….

Another good turnout for the October Atlanta REPA Luncheon!

Johnny and Jerri Johnson came and that was a good thing as Johnny, who said he was the “Replacement Chaplin”, started us out with a prayer…

No one had brought an American Flag so as to honor our country with the Pledge of Allegiance but Bob Webb saved the day with a donation! He had a brand new quite large flag that has lived in his car trunk for ages….

So we cut open the bag and used one existing nail to hold up a corner and Hoyt Davis held up the other one (with his left hand over his heart)…

This was followed by the reading the names of those who have flown west, a very large number (15) this time as we had to cancel the September Luncheon due to Irma…

We had two fellows making their first appearance at our luncheons, retired USAF/PAA/DAL mechanic John Matias (guest of Hoyt Davis) and retired Eastern Captain Chuck Wilson, formerly of south Florida and now an Atlanta area resident… Chuck came as a guest of retired Eastern Captain Dan Saunders and promises to try to make future luncheons…

Our Guest Speaker was Dale Hartsfield, a distant cousin of former Atlanta Mayor William C. Hartsfield for whom the Atlanta Airport is named…

Dale made a 30 minute talk on the history of the airport pointing out many interesting facts, one is that the original one (named Chandler Field) was 297 acres in size and the current one is over 4700 acres! He spoke to the number of the names it had over the years (seven I think) and how/why the name evolved…

He recently published a nice large size book on the airport and readily admitted that he was hoping to sell some copies… He certainly did sell quite a few, including one to your Humble Scribe!

We had the usual Door Prize with the winners being Vigil Tedder ($15.00), Joe McCann as always ($10.00) and Chuck Wilson ($5.00)…

Retired Eastern Captain (and former ATA Sim IP) Roy Wren asked your HS (on a visit to his home in August) to see if anyone wanted a very nice set of ATA B-737NG training manuals and, as it turned out, Hoyt Davis wanted them for his nephew…

Jim Holder

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