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Atlanta REPA Luncheon Report and another Eastern Pilot found for the Bronze Memorial

Folks….

It is a pleasant change to be able to have a message to send out other than the passing of another of our group… We did report on the deaths of eleven retired Eastern Captains today at the May Atlanta REPA Luncheon… Three of which happened in the last few days…

Anyhow we did have a nice lunch at the Piccadilly Cafeteria and thereafter got to telling jokes and stories, which, for a change, actually contained some that were funny…

Also today we had Nick Roberts in attendance, first time we have seen Nick in a long time…

That was about it except for the drawing for three cash Door Prizes…

Bob Drawdy had a ticket ($2.00 buys three) drawn first and elected to take the $5.00 (he does that sometimes!)… Then Virgil Tedder kept calling out the next winning ticket with no responses! He then checked and saw it was his! So he claimed the $10.00… The next ticket called belonged to Bob Drawdy again however he deferred and so Joe Forrest was able to take home $8.00…

We got a message from Captain John Lundblad today, saying his wife, Alice, had a college roommate whose father was an Eastern Pilot… All Alice could remember was that his name was Johnson and that he hired on in the early 1950’s… She thought maybe he was killed in a plane crash…

So armed with that information our Treasurer, Jerry Frost, was able to search old records (not a Seniority List as we had absolutely no lists from the 1950’s) and found that a R. A. Johnson did hire on with Eastern on July 16, 1951 and was based in Miami!

Point being taken was us having our group eye-ball the Bronze Memorial, in person or by computer, is paying off… Mr. Johnson will now be added to the Addendum that will be cast later on this year…

Jim Holder

Reminder for the May 9th Atlanta REPA Luncheon

Folks….

Time to remind all that the May Atlanta REPA Luncheon is drawing nigh!

Next Tuesday, May 9th, we will again be meeting at the Piccadilly Cafeteria located on Godby Road just off Old National Highway… Most start arriving at 11:00 AM when they open up…

At the April Luncheon we discussed a possible relocation to the Golden Corral located on GA 138 where it intersects with I-75 South…

This would be a longer drive for some, a shorter drive for some and not much change for some… A straw poll was taken of those attending and it was very much in favor of not changing our location…

However it was suggested that we have a trial luncheon there to check on the food quality and how much travel time it saves (or lost) for us…

So we will be discussing the possibility of a trial luncheon at the Golden Corral above…

Also no program this time so we will be depending on the usual effort made by ourselves to entertain ourselves…

So please bring a joke or war story or you will be subjected to the usual bad jokes/stories by Virgil and your Humble Servant!

Jim Holder

April 11th Atlanta REPA Luncheon Report

We had a nice REPA Luncheon today, with a couple of Guests… They being two friends of Ron Gabler, who we have not seen in a long while… Ron’s guests were former Braniff pilot John Danno and his wife, Bunny…

Ron, also retired from US Airways, resides in the Knoxville area and was able to show us some photos of his very beautiful Lake seaplane, which is hangered on a nearby lake… He invites anyone wishing to experience a ride in a seaplane to come on up! He also volunteered to come back soon with a Power Point Presentation regarding his airplane…

We had a few brave attempts at joke-telling, which resulted in the usual mild chuckles, after which the group discussed a possible change of locations for the monthly luncheons.

A straw poll was taken on a possible move to the Golden Corral located on GA 138 at I-75 south, about 10 miles south of I-285… The majority of those present voted to remain at the Piccadilly however a few felt we might ought to try a Trial Luncheon at the Golden Corral in the near future… This possible Trial Luncheon is to be discussed at the May Luncheon…

The usual Door Prize of some bucks was held with your Gentle Scribe again unable to find his tickets… This seemed to not matter as Dennis Thompson won the big one, $15.00, and Bob Fuhrmann pocketed $10.00… There were no winners for the pitiful $5.00 so I claimed it was clearly mine!

Many sided with me, as I continued to search my pockets for my tickets but Virgil Tedder commenced another drawing and actually asked me to draw the ticket! Just as he announced the new number I found my tickets under a Credit Card in my billfold and sure enough I had the winning number… Clean living pays off again!

Jim Holder

Atlanta REPA Luncheon Reminder April 11th, next Tuesday!

Folks…

Our Atlanta REPA Luncheon Leader, Virgil Tedder, just advised that we do not have a speaker or program for the April 11th Luncheon next Tuesday…

You know what that means! So bring some stories (true or made up) and jokes (good or bad) as we gotta entertain ourownselves…

Same time and place, Piccadilly at 11:00 AM or so (when they open)…

Jim Holder

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