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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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