Happy New Year from REPA (with a good photo)

Bronze Memorial with 3 Images

As you can see above, two additional photos have been added to the EAL Bronze Memorial at the Atlanta Airport... As should recall Wally Drage won the auction for the B-757 at the 2014 REPA Convention and donated it... Later Dick Borrelli donated the DC-10 and three fellows donated the B-727, Bill Leech, Tom Parks and Barry Davis... All three photos were created by Jerry Frost...

And we at REPA: President Jim Gardner, Vice President Johnny Steinmetz, Treasurer Jerry Frost, Secretary Bud Robbins, Member at Large and REPArtee Editor Jim Holder, Graphics Designer Kelly Frissell, Computer Expert Extra-Ordinaire Richard Nichols, Photographers Lea Johnson and Jim Blackburn, Number One Assistant Editor Ellen McCort, Official Man About Atlanta Town Virgil Tedder and his assistant Richard Burnette, and most importantly All Our Wives) wish you and yours


REPA Members Bill and Susan Reeves selected for the Inaugural GSU Athletics Hall of Fame


REPA Affiliate Member Frankie Talton (who ran our Convention Cash Sales for decades) just informed us (proudly) that her sister and brother-in-law (Bill and Susan Reeves) have been selected for the first ever Wall of Fame at the Georgia State University...

As most will recall Susan ("Su" on her nametag), along with Michele Tully, have been in charge of our REPA Conventions for 20 or more years (the president each year just thought he was in charge!)...

We are very proud of both Su and Bill!!!!

Below are more details on this prestigious Award...

Jim Holder


Inaugural GSU Athletics Hall of Fame Class Announced

Georgia State announced its inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame Class on Monday.

The 10-member class will be honored on the field this Saturday as football takes on Liberty in the annual Homecoming game at 3:30 p.m. in the Georgia Dome.

The group will formally be enshrined at the annual student-athlete banquet next April when the Wall of Fame will be debuted.

ATLANTA –The inaugural Georgia State Athletics Hall of Fame Class was announced on Monday, an elite group of 10 that dates back as far as the 1930s. The group will be honored at the football game this Saturday as the Panthers take on Liberty in the annual homecoming game at 3:30 p.m. at the Georgia Dome.

The inaugural class includes three coaches, three male student-athletes, three female student-athletes and a husband-wife duo who has contributed greatly to the success of Georgia State.

After being honored at this weekend’s football game, the inaugural class will be brought back to campus in April for the annual Student-Athlete Banquet to receive their plaques and for the unveiling of the Wall of Fame in the GSU Sports Arena.

The inaugural class includes: Terese Allen, Charles “Lefty” Driesell, Don Floyd, Rodney Hamilton, Bob Heck, Bruce LaBudde, Sheryl Martin, Kevin Morris, Sarah-Jane Mungo and contributors Bill and Su Reeves.

The Hall of Fame Election Committee was appointed last spring with the task of creating guidelines for nomination and selection. This same group decided the inaugural class in early September.

A total of 76 nominees were among those on the ballot for the inaugural class. Georgia State started competing at the NCAA Division I level for the 1963-64 season, however, limited independent teams existed prior to that season, including tennis.

Among the criteria for inclusion in the Georgia State Athletics Hall of Fame is a five-year window once a student-athlete exhausts their eligibility and a college degree. Coaches and administrators must be removed from their position for a minimum of two years.

Tickets for this Saturday’s Homecoming Game are available by calling 404-413-4020 or by visiting

Bill and Susan Reeves (Contributors) – A pair who have done everything in their power to help Georgia State athletics over the years.

Among their many contributions are the building of the Reeves Field House at baseball in 2003. Bill graduated from Georgia State in 1959 with a degree in business before starting several business opportunities, while Su was given the title of honorary alum from the Alumni Association.

He has served as chairman of the Georgia State University Athletic Association Board of Trustees and on the Georgia State University Foundation Board.

Su has been a proud supporter both financially and on the sidelines of the Georgia State Spirit Squads. She can be seen at most sporting events scoring along from her seat, though most of the time standing and cheering for all Georgia State student-athletes.

Request for Petition concerning Crash of Eastern Flight 980

Most will recall the crash of Eastern Flight 980 into the mountain near La Paz, Bolivia... The Second Officer on that flight was Mark Bird...

REPA Member Captain George Jehn very recently published a book about this accident and the subsequent theft of our airline by Lorenzo...

Last Monday the Eastern Radio Show, started and hosted by REPA Member Captain Neal Holland, had this crash as the subject discussed by the call-ins...

One call-in was Stacey Greer, daughter of Mark Bird... Another was George Jehn who asked that we post the below message on the EALinfo Email Net... George believes our signatures might go a long way to finally getting a fair hearing on the Flight 980 crash?

Hello Everyone,

If you recall, Mark Bird was the Second Officer on Eastern Flight 980 that crashed on Mt. Illimani, outside of La Paz, Bolivia.

His daughter, Stacey Greer, was on the Eastern Radio Show last night, along with the Gerber brothers, Mark and Allen, and Christine Negroni who runs the blog, Flying Lessons and is writing a book about the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.

Stacey has begun a petition to open an investigation into numerous items that were never investigated surrounding the Flight 980 disaster.

There is a link below to add your name to it. Please add your name and give this the widest distribution possible.



Thanks, tonight was interesting listening to everyone. I didn't know there were people that still care. I’ve started a petition. Here's the link

What really happened to Eastern Airlines? Listen to EAL Radio Show Monday July 13th, 7 p.m.

On January 1st, 1985 at approximately 8:38 p.m., Eastern Airlines Boeing 727 Flight 980 piloted by Captain Larry Campbell, was conducting a routine flight from Asuncion, Paraguay, to La Paz, Bolivia. It crashed into the Andes Mountains outside La Paz, Bolivia's John F. Kennedy International Airport.  All twenty-nine souls on board were killed.

What might have transpired in the final moments between the pilots' acknowledgment of a descent clearance to 18,000 feet in preparation for landing at La Paz and the jet's devastating impact with Mt. Illimani?
Guests on Monday evening will include two brothers, Captain Allen Gerber and Mark Gerber who represented the Airline Pilots Association (ALPA), along with the NTSB investigating team making the expidition up the slopes of Mt. Illiami in October, 1985.
Was this crash one of the pieces to the question which begs an answer: "What Really Happened to Eastern Airlines?"
Please listen to Episode 225 on the EAL Radio Show Monday, July 13th at 7:00 p.m. See you at the Gate.  Go to:, or look at the sidebar.

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