Captain Neal Holland

Neal is the founder and producer of the EAL Radio Show Website from the mid 2010 to where it has grown, since it came online January 2011 to the present.


The show began with a single member (Neal) until today's membership  of listeners from zero to and average of nearly 1000 per Episode and come from over 40 countries around the world.  He has written nearly all of the 301 scripts and programs and feels more comfortable writing than behind the microphone.


Neal was employed as a Eastern Pilot and began his tenure February 11, 1963 and retired March, 1989.  He flew the aircrafts: CV440, L188, B727, B757, A300, L1011. 


Neal holds a Mechanic Certificate and Flight Instructor Certificate as well as the Airline Transport Pilot Certificate. Neal also owns and operate his business, St Johns Realty Group, Inc from his office in Ponte Vedra, Florida. 


Jim Hart

Jim joined Eastern in 1957 at Hartford/Springfield (BDL) as field ticket counter agent with Hip Lloyd Station Manager. In 1958 he was promoted by District Manager Fred Blackwell to Outside Sales Representative serving the northern points to the Vermont Boarder and the Western New York Boarder.


In 1959/60 Jim was promoted by Vice President New England Mr. Al Tirell, to City Sales Manager, New Haven, Ct.


In 1961 Jim was promoted by Vice President Marvin Byrd to Commercial Sales Manager Washington D. C. (DCA). In 1963 Jim was promoted to the New York Home Office by Vice President Bill Morrisette to the position of Manager Hotel and Convention Sales. in 1964 he was promoted to the position of Manager of Interline Sales Programing.


In 1965 he was promoted to System Manager of Passenger Relations where he stayed until his resignation in 1968 to join his family financial management firm associated with the Robert W. Baird Investment bankers in Milwaukee.

Jim is the President of the Palm Beach County, Florida Chapter of the Eastern Airlines Retiree Association.


Captain Steve Thompson

Steve brings Radio Station experience to the EAL Radio Show, having worked as an announcer and disk jockey during his high school and college years. 

Steve hosts the show from Roaring Gap, NC, in the mountains near the Blue Ridge Parkway.  His tenure with Eastern began in 1957 until 1991. 

Steve served as Captain and held numerous flight management positions, including Manager Latin America Operations.  He was recently employed as Northeast Sales Director for an Avionics Manufacturer as well as a Certified flight instructor for this company.


Charles "Chuck" Allbright

Chuck served between 1963-1967 as a USAF Mechanic and in 1979 until 2005 he was in the Reserves as a mechanic and an aircraft ground controller.  Pan American Airlines hired Chuck in 1968 as an A&P mechanic until 1973.


Chuck began his career with Eastern Airlines as an Overhaul Mechanic on the following aircraft: DC-9, B727, B757, L-1011 as well as the Airbus A300. He moved up to Tech Service Supervisor and then the RB-211 jet engine Overhaul Manager. 


Chuck received in 1976, his BS degree in Management at F.I.U. in Miami, FL. He served as a Federal Service Munitions inspector from 1989 until 2005 .  He retired in 2005 and lives in the Villages, FL


Dorothy C. Gagnon was a resident of Massachusetts where she began her 15-year career as a Credit Investigator and Loan Processor and then joined a high technology company also working a rewarding 15-year career in Human Resources. Dorothy accepted a position as Office Manager/Administrator for an entrepreneurial company in Boston, MA, where she worked with Principals and Prominent Governors of foreign countries, which broadened her business experience.


She relocated to Florida and met and married her husband, a Rhode Island man, a retired Systems Control Planner who enjoyed a thirty-year career with Eastern Airlines, and five years with another airline.

 

Dorothy then worked with a prominent new home sales training company where she brought her broad background in office management and client services. Her professional expertise with computer skills of graphic presentations and publishing manuals excels, along with the highest standards of perfection. She not only "Talks the Talk" but she "Walks the Walk."


She became a gourmet cook and used her expertise to create, write and format a wonderful cookbook that she self-published; “Dorothy’s Treasures and Hidden Secrets to Perfect Recipes”, along with another second cookbook due to be published soon.


Donald "Don" J. Gagnon had an impressive career working for Eastern Airlines, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Florida for 30 years (1960 -1990), his last position being a Customer Service Planner though he had significant promotions that lead to a successful career.

Don was very ambitious and began in lower positions working his way up to Gate Agent in Atlanta, Miami and Ft. Lauderdale.  This ultimately led to supervisory positions in other locations. He worked in Systems Operations and learned weather, bomb tactics, ticket counter operations. and planned passenger and cargo loads through weight and balance. His marketing career encompassed  working for New Accounts and Passenger and Cargo Sales and service, in the South Florida area.

 

Throughout his career with Eastern he worked in many location and positions such as Convention Sales Representative for  the Eastern Travel Club. His progressive positions' titles encompassed, System Control Planner, Cargo Sales and Services Representative, and Conventional Sales and Services Representative in several U.S. Cities, the Bahamas, San Juan, and the Virgin Islands.


Don left just before Eastern closed their doors and worked 1993 - 1996 for American Trans Airways, Fort Lauderdale & West Palm Beach Airports. Since his retirement from the airlines after a thirty-five year career, Don played golf and came across some Persimmon wood golf club heads. He began a new career through his collection of treasured Persimmon club heads, and began to refurbish these club heads, and custom created and designed wood artwork to share with other golfers.

 

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