Dorothy and I are so impressed with you and your show. This truly is the "Voice of Eastern Airlines" and we appreciate the time and effort you put into this show each and every day for the Eastern Family.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Don Gagnon (EAL 30 year employee)

and Dorothy Gagnon

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Comments on Episode 319: Hey Buffalo, this is Eastern 319.

From: Jim Holder [[email protected]]
Sent: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 8:42 AM
To: 'normajean borger'; 'dcgagnon'
Cc: 'Chuck Allbright'; 'Everett Holland'; 'George Jehn'; 'Bill Joseph'; 'Linda Fuller';
[email protected]; 'Shea Oakley'; 'James C. Hart'; 'Alexa CONWAY'
Subject: RE: Superb show

Yes…. I remember those places too…

Especially the Red Diamond as I had the “not so proud” honor of being probably one of the very few Eastern
Pilots ever kicked out there…

Again my career and reputation was sullied by Captain Charlie Martykan (the biggest event clearly was
Waterloo) as his behavior that night was quite embarrassing, not only to his co-pilot (whose name escapes me)
but also to my captain, Chuck Wolters, one of the nicest gentlemen who ever wore the Eastern Pilot uniform…

Oh Well… At least we were dressed in civilian attire!
Jim Holder

From: normajean borger [[email protected]]
Sent: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 7:12 AM
To: dcgagnon
Cc: Chuck Allbright; Everett Holland; George Jehn; Bill Joseph; Jim Holder; Linda Fuller;
[email protected]; Shea Oakley; James C. Hart; Alexa CONWAY
Subject: Superb show

All of you make our Monday nights another "rich" experience and all of us appreciate it very much. I agree with Chuck that Dorothy does work hard and tirelessly for all of us.

Capt. Neal must stay up half the night deciding on the "just right" music at the right time to enhance the Radio Show. All of the hosts really do a great job making the Radio show something for us to look forward to, and Jim Holder's stories keep me laughing long after the show is over.

Someone mentioned a restaurant where "everyone in Miami " went to eat but was so noisy but always fun place and The Chesapeake House on 36th street, as well as The Red Diamond---Italian with the diamond checked tablecloths come to mind. Think The Red Diamond was on Lejeune Road, but not sure. My memory is not what it used to be. In the 1960s I could go to a filing cabinet and find correspondence or a wiring diagram of an airplane six months later without any delay.

Dorothy's laugh is infectious and always enjoy listening to her. Jim Holder said he is Southern and I can only imagine all of you together when you are not constrained by the FCC.

All the best
From: dcgagnon [[email protected]]
Sent: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 12:00 AM
To: Chuck Allbright
Cc: Everett Holland; George Jehn; Bill Joseph; Jim Holder; Linda Fuller;
[email protected]; Shea Oakley; James C. Hart; normajean borger; Alexa CONWAY
Subject: Thank You For Accolades


Thank you so much for the beautiful accolades you gave me tonight on our EAL Radio Broadcast. Your words
meant a great time deal to me.

I am so happy to be able to give Neal the assistance he deserves and needs, for giving all our Eastern Family the
radio broadcast. This is an EAL "forum" where we can talk easily to tell our Eastern stories and bring some fun
in the memories we collect week after week. Either through scripts he takes the time to create or ideas on topics
to discuss openly. This is all done by him, plus before he carried the website.

My being able to supplement the show with enhancing the website to make it "our" EAL website gives me great
pleasure, and if I can, in turn, help Neal to keep our EAL members going to the website and recapturing some
past Episodes, additional Eastern History articles, as well as up to date Breaking news, etc., that will encourage
more members to join and perhaps donate to keep it going, I am happy to do so.

Remember too, this is a collective efforts of all of our Hosts that give of themselves each week freely to make
it a great and interesting Broadcast. All of their participation is so gratefully received.

I am sure your kind compliments on the website tonight too, will encourage our listeners to go there and see all
the new articles we have up there.

Again my thanks for your thoughtfulness.

[email protected]

From: "[email protected]" <[email protected]>
To: Everett Holland <[email protected]>
Sent: Monday, May 22, 2017 9:29 PM
Subject: thx!


I had fun! I had really expected to hear from others. Several had said they were calling in but I can understand with so few calls being able to actually get through I guess. I was on the phone for almost 2 full hours and that's a bunch of battery and minutes. bless their hearts. I wanted them to be able to tell their own stories, not just mine.

I'm so glad you have Dorothy doing so much stuff. I know it's been weighing on you. I hated letting my website go. it really hurt my heart but after about a month I finally realized I felt the weight of it free me and I know it was the right decision.

Take good care Neal.

Boy, when the story about the steak started, I had a really bad feeling about the guy with his pants halfway down. I thought he was in the aft galley and almost died at the way it seemed to be going. hahaha!

Great story!


From: Everett Holland [[email protected]]
Sent: Monday, May 22, 2017 10:07 PM
To: Jim Holder; Dorothy Gagnon
Subject: Radio Show
Great show tonight because of stories like yours. I think we out to have regular segment called "All the Stories From Here and There - From Time to Time." Great show and nice gesture to sending copy of REPArtee to
Shea Oakley. Thanks for being with us. Neal

From: Everett Holland [[email protected]]
Sent: Monday, May 22, 2017 10:10 PM
To: Chuck Allbright; Linda Fuller; Karlene Petitt; Don Gagnon; Dorothy Gagnon
Subject: Tonight's Show
Great show tonight and thanks for participating. One of our best. Neal

From: Everett Holland [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Monday, May 22, 2017 7:59 PM
To: [email protected]
Subject: Re: thx!

Thanks for the idea for the show and special thanks for being on tonight. We had callers but not enough time to take all the calls on the board. Lots of folks call but just listen in. This was the longest show we have ever done as we usually go about one hour and ten minutes.

I hope you can be on future shows and I will put you on the list to receive the script for the shows. If you find any that you would like to participate then you know how to call in.




Thank you for writing me to let me know that the EAL Radio Show April 22, 2017 Memorial Episode for Captain Steve Thompson, worked perfectly for you and your close friend. We are happy to hear that you both enjoyed the audio. Yes it was very interesting and very scary too.


Listening to that tape, I can well imagine that it made you feel like you did back in 1956 with the Emergency that you were a part of that day. Your story is moving as well, as anyone who has had that sort of experience and was able to be around to talk about it, gives us all a sense of security knowing how well the pilots and crew perform to maintain safety flying, until you reach the ground.


Thanks again for sharing your story. I will post this up on our website for our members to hear of your successful landing!




From: Lois Morton [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Sunday, May 21, 2017 8:37 PM
To: 'Dorothy Gagnon'
Subject: RE: Silverliners Featured on EAL Radio Show Monday Night - April 24


Dear Dorothy,


Thank you, I just finished listening to the tape and my friend Bob heard it all the way through.  It was very interesting.


Back  about 1956, we were landing in D.C. I was  the only Flt,. Attendant on a Falcon, 40 passenger. The Captain called me up and said prepare for an emergency landing ( I hadn’t been flying too long). On landing all the fire trucks and etc. were there. All deplaned safely.


The crew then took me to see a hole  near engine, said we couldn’t have stayed up very long. I cried and said I quit and when it was time for the boarding of the Fight, they put me at end of steps to take the passengers tickets. I was crying all the while, but we made it to BOS .They said if they hadn’t made me go back on the flight, I would have never flown again. Flying, Silverliners, etc. have made my life full.


Lois Jirschele Morton


From: Dorothy Gagnon [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Sunday, May 21, 2017 6:44 PM
To: [email protected]; [email protected]
Cc: 'Everett Holland'; [email protected]
Subject: RE: Silverliners Featured on EAL Radio Show Monday Night - April 24


Hi all,


Not sure why you were not able to complete the Flight 855 tape on the Dedication to Captain Steve Thompson as I just listened to the entire tape and all of it worked fine. Here is the hyperlink to that tape in the event you want to replay it again.  A very moving recording not only for the event it mentions, but hearing Steve’s voice.


From: Robert Heil [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Friday, May 19, 2017 9:32 AM
To: Lois Morton
Subject: Re: FW: Silverliners Featured on EAL Radio Show Monday Night - April 24


What the hell happened?

Love you, Bob


On 4/28/2017 11:31 AM, Robert Heil wrote:

it was fascinating listening to the tape of flight 885, but it quit before the end of the tape.  would you send it again? Or you could just tell me how the flight ended.


On 4/23/2017 11:56 AM, Lois Morton wrote:

Thought you would enjoy listening,


From: Elizabeth Haynes <[email protected]>
To: [email protected]
Subject: Re: EAL Radio Show Episode 33 "From The Eastern Files," Thursday. May 18, 2017
Date: Thu, 18 May 2017 16:00:25 -0400

Hi, Neal and Dorothy—

No answer needed, but this will amuse you. 

At 2:45 I woke up my computer and found your message; so I tuned up Episode 33 and listened to it while I was culling old paper files from my desk drawer.  It was very interesting, and I’m so glad I tuned in. 

The speaker said that an Eastern plane was the first to land at DCA the day the airport opened.  My first salaried job was as a waitress in the coffee shop at DCA on the day the airport opened! 

I was 15 years old and too young to work under Virginia’s child labor laws, so I wasn’t paid any wages, but I could keep my tips.  On my 16th birthday, I was called into the manager’s office and given all my back pay.  That was a nice surprise; it had never been mentioned.  Just being around the airplanes was good enough!

I’m so glad I got in contact with you folks!


From: Elizabeth Haynes <[email protected]>
To: EAL Radio Show <[email protected]>
Subject: The Wings of the Man(y)
Date: Fri, 19 May 2017 09:54:37 -0400

Hi, Neal—

Just want to let you know the book was delivered yesterday and I picked it up late last night. I read “Flight 855” first! Glad I heard the dramatization, though. That really brought this story to life. If you haven’t done so, perhaps you should send a copy to Captain
Sullenberger . . .I shall enjoy reading all the rest of it.

No need to answer this.

Thanks, —Libby

Comments on Vietnam Helicopter Memorial

From: Elizabeth Haynes <[email protected]>
To: [email protected]
Subject: Re: EAL Radio Episode #309
Date: Tue, 9 May 2017 22:45:01 -0400

Thank you, Dorothy,

Just now I sent a donation to the Radio Show through PayPal.  It didn’t mention the book, but I would like very much to receive a copy of Wings of Man(y).  Several of the others in your list are of interest, too, and I’ll come back to your newsletter to to think about buying some of them!

I clicked on the News heading on your radio site and found the paragraph about the pending monument to Vietnam helicopter pilots to be built in Arlington National Cemetery.  The site wouldn’t let me go further on the See more…  link, but shunts me to a site to sign up as a member.  Am I allowed to do that?  I have no real connection with Eastern, you know, just an emotional affinity!

Dan Dennison, one of the forceful proponents of the Vietnam pilots’ memorial, is a very good friend of mine.  For many years we were both members of the same American Legion Post, The Unknown Soldier Post 44 of Arlington.  (The Post’s project is doing nice things for the Tomb Guards.)  Dan was instrumental in getting the bill through Congress which has now been passed.  The helicopter pilots hope that money can be raised and the modest monument erected by the end of next year.  I’ll let him know that your association is interested in following this story.  A couple of weeks ago, Dan told me they have received permission to place it in a landscaped circle created in a street intersection within the cemetery, so it won’t impinge on any available grave space.

I really enjoyed hearing the old flying songs on your show last night.  One verse of “Give Me Operations” has stuck in my mind for years, but I had no idea what the name of the song was, only that one evening in the Rathskeller of the O. Club we went through the entire Air Force inventory with ditties like this:

Don’t give me a P-38.  She has props that counter rotate.
She’ll stall and she’ll spin and she’ll soon auger in. 
Don’t give me a P-38.

Oh, it just doesn’t come across in typescript, does it.  

To the tune of My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean:
I asked for the weather at Torbay.  They say that they really don’t know.
The forecaster’s lost on the runway. They think that the ceiling is low.
At Goose there’s a hole in the ceiling. They say that it’s thirty feet wide.
But I have an uncertain feeling, the whole thing is just local pride.
Rolls in, oh it rolls in!  My God how that fog bank rolls in, rolls in!
Rolls in, oh it rolls in, my God how that fog bank rolls in.

—and so on, through all the bases in Northeast Air Command. That was a fun evening.

And yes, one foggy night I was out on the runway at Torbay with a walky-talky looking for holes in the ceiling;  there were 17 C-54s.

Comments of Memorial to Captain Thompson

From: Elizabeth Haynes <[email protected]>
To:[email protected]
Received-On:04-25-2017 10:14 PM
Subject:EAL Radio Episode #309More...

Thank you, Dorothy— It is great to make your acquaintance! Judging by what I’ve heard from Jim Holder, you are the go-to person who makes everything function properly. Jim instructed me through the necessary steps to hear the radio broadcasts on my computer, and those links are working just fine now. I look forward to listening to #309 very soon!

Last night, I heard the script in memory and tribute to Captain Steve Thompson, and it held me spellbound to the very end. Would it be possible for me to get a copy of that in writing—i.e., an MS Word or Mac Pages document in an e-mail? Any plain text format would be just fine. I am beginning to assemble a notebook of my favorite flying stories as a keepsake for my heirs. I’ll be glad to trade you back some such stories, too.

My background was USAF—in March 1951 I enlisted for Officer Candidate School and was commissioned in September. I served as a flight weather forecaster. Married in June 1954, and was discharged for pregnancy a year later. My husband was commissioned from aviation cadets in March 1942 and flew C-47s, C-54s, and C-124s until retiring from the USAF in 1964.

The Eastern people are so very much the same kind of people as the USAF transport types I knew so well. Thank you ever so much for your help.

Libby Haynes
Comments on "Passenger Handling" Episode
To: Everett Holland <[email protected]>

Sent: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 9:52 AM


I enjoyed .... telling of the Fleetwood Mac episode!  I think what is happening with the airlines and the people who fly is very disturbing.  We seem to have lost what it means to be a civilized society!  So much anger and so little concern for our fellow human beings. What ever happened to self-control?!  I don't know, Neal ~ it isn't always about alcohol, although that is the culprit in many cases ~ but just the lack of good manners is so evident ~ and the airlines must take responsibility for their part in some of the frustration, too.  We both knew of a 'softer' humanity, didn't we? The happenings that were spoken of on your show was not the norm as it now seems to be.  Crap! and Dang!


Doris Gillenwaters

Naples, FL


From: Gail Rothrock
To: Neal Holland; Dorothy Gagnon
Subject: Last night's radio program
Date: Tuesday, May 09, 2017 10:00:05 AM

Hello! was able to listen to most of the broadcast last night..good stories, info, etc. You guys are really a superior, professional group of people. So glad to be associated with you! Keep up the good work. While I was listening to the program, I was on the Dunedin causeway watching the sun do down. Captured some more beautiful sunset photos...will post later.

Take care,

P.S. anymore talk of another reunion? And, is EAL ever going to become a commercial airline again?


From: Gail Rothrock
To: Dorothy Gagnon
Subject: Re: Thank You - RE: Last night"s radio program
Date: Tuesday, May 09, 2017 11:46:08 AM
Attachments: image003.png

Will visit the new web-site soon... Thank you for all you do for EAL family.


Comments on the Pilots Shortage with ERAU Episode

From: Mary Block

Sent: Friday, May 12, 2017 8:21 AM
To: Dorothy Gagnon
Subject: Another testimonial

Hi Neal,

So sorry for the late response. A couple unexpected things came up that required a bit of attention, along with trying to get ready for the upcoming Lewis and Clark trip. In a few days I will send you a list of the cities we will be going through on our way to Oregon. We will be starting the week of May 21st.

I so enjoyed week before last's program on pilot shortage. So interesting and very educational. I was also able to listen to the Sat program for Steve Thompson. What a wonderful person he was. I hope this finds all well with you and your family.


P.S. Love the trailers.

From: Wiggins, Michael E
Subject: Re: Monday Radio Show
Date: Monday, May 01, 2017

Hi Dorothy,

Thanks again for the opportunity. I enjoyed the show. It made me remember several of the fights I had as a pax on EAL years go.

Take care, Mike


From: normajean borger
To: George; Capt Neal; Dorothy Gagnon
Subject: Hey there. Fascinating guests.
Date: Monday, May 01, 2017

I really enjoyed hearing Mike Wiggins speaking about  ERAU, and what they are doing day in and day out.  They really seem to be doing everything right.

Pilot shortage was predicted some 15-20 years ago as I recall.  Seem to remember the ATL Constitution predicted it. As well as A&P shortage.

 ERAU class of 1962 of A&Ps was hired by EASTERN.  My husband was in that class and his first Day at Eastern was October 30, 1962.  Wonder if an airline today hires entire class? Doubtful I think.

I know technology has changed the world, but most of us still want the experienced ones "behind the wheel".  

 The Flight engineers strike was how long..? 4 months...?? So EAL must have lost a lot of People to be willing to hire a whole class. 


Comments on Eastern Disney Episode

By A Happy Listener

Eastern was a fun job. We were so blessed to be there at that point in time. My office was the last door before Gate 14. The funny part was the Agents and Red Coats were always telling the arrivals...women...that the ladies room was the first door on the right (which was my door).  Then I just made sure I locked the door...but then they started beating on my door.  So I just left door unlocked so they instantly realized the ladies room was the "second" door on the right. But every day was different, interesting and exciting chapter. 


Going to Disney was routine for us and we took my granddaughter at 18 months and she never whimpered   We were there 12 hours. She is still easy, at age 38.  We had several years of great memories at EAL at MCO.


My house was in Kissimmee and it was a wonderful time in my life. There was a shortcut from Kissimmee to MCO field so it only took 20 minutes to get to work.  We all remember the "E" tickets.  Glad they got rid of them though.

 Linda Fuller's life was truly interesting and exciting.  She has a great voice and a lot of information to impart.  You and Don both have good radio voices.


Disney World and Eastern Airlines

by George Jehn

I'm sorry that I couldn't be on tonight because I remember MCO well. Heck, I recall that when we from Eastern first flew in there, the terminal on the north side of the field wasn't even air conditioned! But it was definitely a fun time to work for Eastern in a world that was so different back then. We truly were "The Official Airline of Walt Disney World" in every describable way.

My wife and I took our three kids to MCO for a week's vacation, intending to go to Disney World every day. We stayed at the Marriott on International Drive, the same hotel we stayed for layovers.

However, when the kids saw the go-cart track there, they wanted to go on the go-karts all day long instead of going to Disney World! So we only went to Disney World three times, with the rest of the week spent on the go-karts. I think I gave the guy who ran them $100 for each kid, every day, so they could drive them all day long. It was truly a fun time in my life.


Comments on Breaking News

From: "Lee Hutchins" <[email protected]>
To: "EAL Radio Show" <[email protected]>
Subject: Re: EAL: Radio Show Breaking News - April 25, 2017
Date: Wed 04-26-2017 10:58 AM

I really enjoyed reading the "Breaking News" . Lee Roy Hutchins . Miami 62 - 83

Yahoo Account <[email protected]>
To:EAL Radio Show <[email protected]>
Received-On:04-26-2017 11:22 AM
Subject:Re: EAL: Radio Show Breaking News - April 25, 2017More...

EAL will grow.
Leslie Lynnton Fuller
To: [email protected]
Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017 10:01:06 PM

Thanks Dorothy!

Mom loves EAL and is excited to talk about its wonderful history. My parents enjoyed sharing their fond memories working for Eastern- Dad Estan Lee Fuller is a retired Captain and Mom Linda Fuller is a stewardess.


Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 12:38:31 PM

Hey Neal and Dorothy,

I just saw your piece about Errol Foreman landing a Cessna jet in Lantana. What I find particularly interesting is that my very first job as a Flight Instructor/Charter Pilot was at the Lantana Airport at Florida Airmotive! Owen Gassaway owned the FBO there and how I landed that first all-important job is a very interesting story, which is too long to tell you in an email.

Then, I next saw about Barbara Barrett. She worked for Zantop, and prior to coming to work at Eastern, I worked for Span Air, the airline that purchased all of Zantop’s pistonaircraft. I flew all night freighters, flying GM auto parts around the country on a C-46. But, what makes it even more interesting is that I was the 727 F/O on Barbara’s very first line trip at Eastern, a 727 QC freighter trip out of JFK.

The point I’m trying to make here is how small our aviation world truly is! I’m going to read both of the full stories on the EAL Radio website as soon as I get back home. Amazing!



Request More Information Wanted on Breaking News!

From: George Pharmer
To: Dorothy Gagnon
Subject: Re: EAL Radio Show Breaking News -Rumor of Eastern Air Lines Group
Date: Thursday, March 02, 2017 4:53:46 PM


Tickler info just isn't fair when it comes to rumors. Not everyone can tune into the radio show. How about letting all of us know within your email what is going on.

George P.