REPA News

2015 REPArtee Magazine in the mail!

Folks…

We are happy to tell you that, a few days early of our goal (May 31st), the 2015 issue of REPArtee was mailed on Friday, May 29th… If you paid for First Class Postage it probably will arrive today (June 1st) or more likely tomorrow…

But we all know about the Post Office…

For example a check was mailed to me on April 12th however it never showed up so the buyer (of my RV) had to stop payment and hand deliver another check… Last Thursday (May 28th) it arrived, some five weeks later, having been postmarked April 13th… Oh Well!

Anyhow those getting their copy via Standard Mail should expect it in 6-7 days but it could be much longer… Oh Well!

The magazine will have a large color section all about the upcoming REPA Convention, set to start on September 8th… Of course it will have the Registration Form and its Instructions as well as the Schedule of Events…

Also, in living color, you will find a large section which is a report on the 2014 REPA Convention that we had last September in Savannah… If you were not there you missed possibly the best REPA Convention ever (and that is saying something!)…

And in the magazine you will see, sadly, one of the largest lists of deceased Eastern Pilots, wives and Affiliates we have ever had… The "In Memoriam" section is also the largest ever…

Scattered about you will find, hopefully, other items of interest including another in the ongoing list of "Memorable Flights", this one titled “Those Little Cherry Pastries”…

Remember (and you will see it mentioned in the magazine several times) the first 25 to send in their Registration form and check will be eligible to win a free night at the convention, the drawing to be held at the banquet the final night…

Hope you enjoy our magazine!!!

Jim Holder, Editor

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

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