Kansas City Strip – in TEXAS (by W. E. Sebastian (Sebo)
In 1968 a group of Piedmont folks traveled to Ft. Worth to inspect and accept a YS-11 turboprop aircraft being modified by Qualitron Aero, Inc., an aircraft conversion company.
The YS-11 turboprop was a joint venture between Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Shin Meiwa, Showa Aircraft Industry Company, Japan Aircraft Industry Company, and Fuji Heavy Industries (now better known as the parent company of automobile manufacturer Subaru!). The consortium was formalized as the Nihon Aeroplane Manufacturing Company (NAMC).
Piedmont had bought the new YS-11’s from Nihon and contracted with Qualitron to install all new avionics (same equipment as in the FH-227 turboprops), configure the interior to Piedmont specifications, and to paint the airplanes in Piedmont livery.
Among the Piedmont group was Howard Cartwright, VP of Maintenance, Captain Lloyd Lyons, another pilot, a couple of maintenance inspectors and Bill Sebastian, Avionics Supervisor.
Qualitron was running a little behind schedule, which meant the Piedmont team would have to spend another night in Texas. Mr. Carthwright suggested that they all go over to one of the famous steak houses in the “restored old wild west” section of Ft. Worth and have a nice Texas steak.
Upon being seated and given menus, some in the group quietly and softly said “Wow!” after going over the various selections and prices for each item. (Remember this was Texas, where EVERYTHING is bigger.)
Since Mr. Carthwright had suggested the visit, everybody assumed he would pick up the tab. This situation caused the maintenance personnel to consider costs, and most decided to order one of the lower priced steaks since all the prices were “Sky-High”.
However Bill Sebastian thought this might be his only chance at what he deemed the “perfect” steak so he told his maintenance friends he was going to order the “best in the house” steak and if there was any static, he would pick up his own bill.
When the waiter got to Bill, he ordered the 16-ounce “Aged Kansas City Strip” and then noticed his friend’s expressions as if he was in some kind of trouble.
When the waiters brought out all the hot sizzling steaks and sides and Mr. Carthwright saw Bill’s huge “Aged Kansas City Strip”, Mr. Cartwright exclaimed in a rather loud voice, “Who in the hell ordered that steak?”
Bill quietly answered, “I did. Would you like to have it, Sir?”
Mr. Carthwright answered, “Hell no! You eat it. I only wish I had ordered one like it.”
Needlessly to say, Bill enjoyed the big KC Strip even more than he expected, feeling a little smug and occasionally smiling with Texas-size satisfaction at his maintenance buddies.
~W.E. Sebastian (Sebo)