Captain Neal Holland, Founder, Producer and Author
Neal is the Founder and Producer of the EAL Radio Show and Website from the mid 2010s to where it has grown, since it came online January
2011 to the present.
The broadcast began with a single member (Neal) until today's membership of listeners from zero to an average of nearly 1000 per Episode. His Radio Show members come from over 40 countries around the world. Neal has written nearly all of the 344 scripts and programs and feels more comfortable writing than behind the microphone. Neal loved Eastern immensely and to that extent donates his free time to carrying the legacy to our future generation by broadcasting and hour Monday evening program and on Thursday afternoons, an half-hour program.
employed as an Eastern Pilot and began his tenure February 11, 1963 and retired March, 1989. He flew
the aircrafts: CV440, L188, B727, B757, A300, L1011 and had extensive airline experience and a great passion for flying. He was also the former Editor of the REPAtee magazine for the Retired Eastern Pilots Association for many years.
Neal holds a Mechanic
Certificate and a Flight Instructor Certificate as well as the Airline
Transport Pilot Certificate. Neal also owns and operate his own Real Estate business, St
Johns Realty Group, Inc from his office in Ponte Vedra, Florida. He is also the author of "Wings of Man (y)".
Jim Hart, Host
James "Jim" Hart joined Eastern in 1957 at Hartford-Springfield (BDL) as Field Ticket Counter Agent with Hip Lloyd, Station Manager. He was promoted in 1958 by District Manager, Fred Blackwell to Outside Sales Representative serving the northern points to the Vermont Border and the Western New York Border.
Jim was promoted In 1959/60 by Vice President New
England, Mr. Al Tirell, to City Sales Manager, New Haven, Ct. Jim was promoted
in 1961 by Vice President, Marvin Byrd to Commercial Sales Manager, Washington
D. C. (DCA). Jim was promoted in 1963 to the New York Home Office by Vice
President, Bill Morrisette to the position of Manager of Hotel and Convention
Sales. He was promoted to the position of Manager of Interline Sales
Programming, in 1964.
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 EARA Chapter and has been a Host with Neal since the beginning of the EAL Radio Show.
Captain George Jehn, Host and Author
George Jehn is a college graduate with a Bachelor of
Science degree. He flew as a Pilot for Eastern Airlines for
approximately eighteen years, from 1970 until 1988 on the Boeing 727,
Douglas DC-9 and Airbus A-300 jets.
George left Eastern to work for another
large airline in 1988. During his time at Eastern, he spent six years as
an elected pilot Representative from Eastern's New York pilot base and
was simultaneously a six-year Member of the Board of Directors of the
Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA).
George was a member of the Eastern Employee Involvement Committee, and as mentioned above, their ALPA Committees. He is an Author who had his first novel published in December, 2012, entitled "Flying Too Close to the Sun." Second, nonfiction book entitled "Final Destination: Disaster. What Really Happened to Eastern Airlines" was published on October 1st, 2014.
Additionally, George has worked as an Aviation Expert Witness for a number of law firms.
George joined Neal's Team of Hosts, and has been with him for over 6 years.
Charles "Chuck" Allbright, Host
Charles "Chuck" Allbright served between 1963-1967 as a U.S.A.F. 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.
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
Chuck worked on the L-1011 for over 10 years at Eastern. He was one of twelve (12) mechanics out of 4000 in MIA to qualified to test run and ground taxi all of the L-1011 in EAL's inventory coming out of the overhaul section in MIA.
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.
Chuck joined Neal's Team of Hosts, and has been with him for over 5 years.
Dorothy Cronin Gagnon, Host and Webmaster
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.
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.
Dorothy was the former Editor of Keeping In Touch newspaper for the Eastern Airlines Retirees Association.She joined Neal as a Host in 2014 and also managed, along with Neal, to hold the Annual 2016 EAL Radio Show Pioneers Reunion. Dorothy in 2016, became the Webmaster of the EAL Radio Show Website.
Donald J. Gagnon, Host
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.
Don is presently one of the EAL Radio Show Hosts and joined Neal in 2014.
Linda Fuller, Host
Linda Fuller began flying as an Eastern Air Lines Flight Attendant in June, 1961. She met Captain Estan Fuller in the cockpit of an Eastern Electra in March, 1964 and five months later Estan and Linda married. Linda's career with Eastern ended, however, as marriage at that time meant mandatory retirement for Flight Attendants.
Linda then worked at home as she and Estan are parents to four grown children and have eleven grandchildren. When the children were small, Linda qualified as a leader for LaLeche League International, an organization dedicated to helping moms. She attended and led meetings in the suburban areas around Atlanta.
Estan moved the family to a farm in January, 1975, located
west of Indianapolis, Indiana, and as the family had become
more self-sufficient, Linda joined the local community theater
group and participated in their productions. She also enjoyed
working as an Intern at a local radio station and delivered the early
morning news and weather.
The family moved to Polk County, Florida In 1988, and Linda worked as a Substitute Teacher in the Polk County School System. In later years Linda decided to become a member of Hadassah, an International organization that is dedicated to the support of Hadassah Hospitals in Israel. She became a life-time member after years of participation, having her own personal identification number and association with the group.
Linda's interests are too numerous to enumerate! People
are always interesting! Reading, writing, fashion, and the political scene. Her faith is especially important to Linda.
Linda joined Neal's Team of Host in 2017.
K. Allen Boring
Ken met and married his wife and they relocated in 1997 to Farmington, NM where he earned Commuter Captain while starting a family. During this time, in 1999, Ken lost his dad after a decade long battle with Alzheimer’s. He then worked a year flying for Alaska Airlines in Seattle, WA before his career was cut short due to spinal surgery and loss of his First Class medical.
while rehabilitating decided to pursue a career in nursing and earned his LPN
degree, realizing his calling was serving America’s senior citizens. Ken’s
mission was especially seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s
and other types of neurodegenerative disorders. He worked nearly a decade as a Memory
Unit Nurse Supervisor with expertise in behavioral
modification and interactive care
Ken is also an author and published his book “Remembering What I Forgot,” resigned his position in July 2017, and resides in southwest Florida with his wife, teenage son, and his mentally-challenged brother-in-law. Coming soon is a second publication, “Best Friends”.
Ken joined Neal's Team of Hosts in 2017.
Captain Jim Holder
Jim's other passion (as he hung up his small airplane goggles a few years ago) is hunting. Since 1971, Jim has belonged to the Eastern Pilots Hunt Club, near Atlanta, Georgia, where he and some other retired Eastern Pilots still smoke cigars around the camp fire and soberly tell the same old lies and stories over and over.
Jim later became active in REPA and The Silver Falcons servings both organizations in many offices, including multiple times as the President. Since 2003 he has been the Editor of the REPArtee magazine for the Retired Eastern Pilots Association. Jim does a great job as Editor and we are fortunate to have him as one of our Guest Hosts, who brings his vast airline and life experiences to our team of permanent Hosts.
He still resides near Atlanta with his loving wife, "The Fair Miss Carrie Sue".