REPA News

Report on the recent REPA Board of Directors Meeting

The REPA Board of Directors met on March 22, 2015, as required by the Bylaws…

A good deal of time was taken for planning the upcoming Convention at the Marriot in the Point Clear, AL. The dates of the convention are September 8th through September 10th.  This is an absolutely gorgeous hotel and resort right on the bay with a very special low REPA rate. The convention promises to be the best yet. Please save the date and plan on attending.

It was reported to the Board that the 2015 issue of REPArtee is expected to be mailed the latter part of May and will contain not only a large report on the 2014 REPA Convention in Savannah but will have an extensive section on the upcoming REPA Convention at the Marriott in Point Clear, AL…

Also we anticipate that very soon the Convention Page of the REPA Website will be updated with photos and other information about the convention… Also the “hot” buttons for the Registration form, its Instructions and Schedule of Events will be activated allowing one to download those documents...

Bud Robbins was selected to fill one of the Board seats on the Eastern Air Lines Pilots Memorial Foundation. His confirmation will require a vote of the Foundation Board of Directors at their next meeting.

Due to his extensive service as long standing Convention Chairman (replacing Jim Friday in 2007) and as REPA President in 2014 the Board unanimously selected Jim Gardner to be inducted into the REPA Hall of Fame at the Point Clear Convention Banquet on September 10th…

The proposed slate of 2016 Directors (to be considered at the Convention Business Meeting on September 9th) was presented by the Nominating Committee and accepted by the Board:

President Jim Gardner
Vice President Johnny Steinmetz
Treasurer Jerry Frost
Secretary Bud Robbins
Director at Large Jim Holder

Of course nominations from the floor at the September 9th Convention Business Meeting will be considered…

Jim Holder, REPA Editor and Director at Large

NPR Radiolab seeks information about 1969 Skyjacking

Hello Eastern Airlines Employee Association!
 
My name is Latif Nasser. I work for NPR's Radiolab, a narrative show about curiosity that reaches a monthly audience of about 7 million. We are based out of WNYC in New York.
 
I'm trying to put together a story about a particular skyjacking on an Eastern Airlines flight on February 2, 1969. The flight - which left Newark for Miami - was rerouted to Havana after one of the flight attendants ("Peggy" Bolton) had a knife held to her throat by one of four skyjackers. One of the passengers was Candid Camera host Allen Funt, who later claimed that everyone on board gave the hijackers a standing ovation because they thought that it was all a TV prank.
 
I was hoping you might be able to help me track down and connect with any of the six EAL staff members on that flight:
 
Capt Jack W. Moore,  Copilot Lowell R. Miller, 2nd Officer, Fred Weaver
(all of NY)
Linda Davidson, Vicky Hassell, Margaret “Peggy” L. Bolton  (of Philadelphia)
(all of Miami)
 
Any help you could give me would be much much appreciated! Thank you so very much for your help!!
 
Latif

FINAL DESTINATION:DISASTER

I must say that when I started reading retired Eastern Captain George Jehn’s new book, FINAL DESTINATION:DISASTER, I had a great deal of skepticism!

I had heard that a major part of it dealt with a certain meeting the afternoon of February 23, 1985. This was to take place only hours before the Eastern MEC was to meet in Miami regarding a possible purchase of Eastern by Frank Lorenzo…As most will recall early the next morning Eastern in fact was delivered by the Eastern Board of Directors to Frank Lorenzo.

Present at this meeting were Captain Skip Copeland, Chairman of Eastern Council 51, (New York), First Officer George Jehn, Vice Chairman/Elect of Council 51 and Frank Borman…I had heard that the book stated that Charlie Bryan, head of the IAM, had given both Copeland and Jehn the authority to accept Eastern’s proposal for a new contract with the IAM that basically gave Eastern all they had originally asked for… Supposedly Copeland and Jehn had the same authority regarding the ALPA Contract too!

As I was the Council Chairman of Eastern Council 07, (Atlanta) and was enroute to Miami for the MEC Meeting that night, I can say without reservation that at that time, and for the next 29 years, I believed that no one outside of our elected Negotiating Committee and our MEC Chairman even had the authority to discuss our ALPA Contract with Eastern, much less having offered to accept Eastern’s initial offer…The book clearly states that afternoon Frank Borman was given the chance to radically gut the IAM and ALPA Contracts, if only he would assure Copeland, Jehn and Bryan (by telephone) that Eastern would not be sold to Frank Lorenzo!

Well, after having read George Jehn’s book I am inclined to believe that not only the meeting with Borman happened, but that the reason Borman refused to accept what Eastern had previously offered had its beginnings years earlier…

It is clear, crystal clear, that George has done a tremendous amount of research for this book and what he found and relates is nothing short of amazing! It is not a real long book but a very quick read, and he does express some strong opinions about some of the players back then…In fairness I must say that I do not agree with all his characterizations however…

Anyhow, we have placed additional information about George’s book on the Notices page of the REPA Website… You might want to visit it… Click here.

Jim Holder, Webmaster

Our may 18th Atlanta Picnic/Fly-in report (which turned out to be only a Picnic!)

Folks.

Well, our Picnic/Fly-in turned out to be just a Picnic, as the rain and clouds kept all our little airplanes in their hangars. Still though we had close to 50 EAL Types and family/friends show up. Coming the furtherest by far were Jim Kenney and John Harris, who drove over, in a downpour, from Alabama!

John Harris and Jim Kenney

John Harris and Jim Kenney

Once again we were had the privilege of having our annual event in Mac and Carol McGaughey's hangar at Eagles Landing Airport, located in Williamson, Georgia.

It all got started about 11:00 AM when everyone started arriving. As might be expected a lot of old friendships were renewed and some new ones made.

Shortly after noon Virgil Tedder asked Lew Rabbitt to give thanks and then we lined up for another great BBQ Dinner, again arranged for by Dick Garner...

Bev Wingate

Bev Wingate likes what she sees!

After all had dined (with lots of "seconds") Virgil recognized Carol and presented her several items of appreciation, these being one of Jim Whitlock's framed prints (Eastern Convair 440) and a metal Eastern Air Lines plaque. As Carol has an extensive aviation museum in her home she promised these two items will be well displayed. She invited any wishing to do so to visit her home next door after the Picnic was over (many did!).

Virge and Carol
Virge and Carol

As was the case last year we had a large number of Door Prizes donated by several people. The lucky winners were then drawn via the red tickets each attendee got with their reservation.

Johnny Johnson......
Wendy Wingate.......
Doris Garner..........
Paul Kelley.............
Bob Burson............

Larry Nichols..........
Bob Drawdy...........
Jim Whitlock...........
Jack Cochran, Jr.....
Pam Davis.............
Jay Allen...............
Bob Tyler..............
Jack Cochran, Sr.....
Don Teel.................
Clyde Blankenship..
Marion Reed...........

Eastern Tote Bag
Dick Merrill Book (biography)
Packaged Kite (for grandkids?)
Silver Falcons Tote Bag
Personalized Tote Bag
       (donated by Carol McGaughey)
Packaged Kite (for grandkids?)
Soft airplane pillow
B-787 Model airplane
Packaged USA Flag and pole
Silver Falcons Bag
Silver Falcons car tag frame
Set of small model airplanes
Print of Eastern Connie
Print of Eastern Electra
Print of Eastern Convair
USA Flag for car window

Jack and his dad

Jack and his dad proudly display Jack Sr's Whitlock print of an Eastern Connie

Many Thanks to Bob Burson for the photos. Wish I could have used them all!!!!

Jim Holder

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