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Jay Koren


Several books have been written by airline flying crews, by pilots, and by members of the cabin crews. Some have been technical analyses, some have been tales of adventure, some have been vainglorious exercises in conceit or deliberate appeals to sensationalism. Most have been autobiographies that understandably concentrate on the author's own experiences and achievements.

Jay Koren's contribution to this branch of aviation literature is different. He was an intense people-watcher, of his companions in uniform and especially of his airline's clientele. His 40-year career with Pan American was a classic example of starting at the bottom rung of the ladder and reaching the top, a status that was recognized by the airline itself when he was chosen to represent it, as the model for the mannequin that resides in the National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institution.

The stories he tells will knock your socks off. Some are hilarious, to keep you chuckling and passing them on to your friends. Some are poignant, that will bear the precaution of having a handkerchief within reach. All are the result of shrewd personal observation, the more authentic for having been based on notes and diaries kept throughout a notable life of services to a great airline.

Aside from the comedy and the tragedy, however, there were many moments to cherish in Jay's reminiscences: meeting with the rich and the famous, stars of stage and screen, presidents, even a king. Interwoven with the anecdotes are fascinating commentaries on what it was like to work for an airline that encircled the globe and left behind a legacy of leadership and pioneering from which the air transport industry as a whole has benefited.

This is a parade of tales, some joyful, some sad; but all of them just had to be told. As a bonus, Jay Koren's sheer enthusiasm for the life he led comes shining through the paragraphs, to enhance the pleasure for the reader, who will be able, vicariously, to relive the moments. This is a book that will be hard to put down.

Foreword by R.E.G. Davies
Author's Preface

. 1. Early Times
2. The Nonskeds
3. Northwest Passage to Pan Am
4. Round the World in 50 Days
5. Bienvenidos to L.A.D.
6. Flying Down to Rio
7. Atlantic Division
8. It Takes All Kinds
9. Go West, Young Men
10. Jetliner Inaugural
11. The Other JFK
12. President Sukarno
13. The Lisbon Base
14. Realty Becomes Reality
15. My Turn to Manage
16. The Sound of Music
17. Mrs. De Winter, Indeed
18. Jumbo Jet
19. The Crew Party
20. Mrs. Lopez
21. The Bidlines
22. Fear of Flying
23. Crew Confessions
24. Mistaken Identities
25. Fate
26. Cora Hazelton
27. Museum Piece
28. Along the Line
29. Silver Anniversary
30. Letting Go
31. The Company We Didn't Keep
32. Still Keeping Company

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Format: Hardcover,  262pp
BW Photographs
ISBN: 1888962151
Publisher: Paladwr Press
Pub. Date: 2000
Item No: 6215-1

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