Joe Selvia never worked ops; I meant that I worked ops, and I knew Joe as one of the ROA based flight crewman because I worked with them (weather, flt releases, etc) constantly. I remember when he flew the N&W plane with Harold Miller. The Miller twins provided me with an embarrassing moment. When I first started working for PI I did not know there were Miller twins who were captains. One morning one of them came up to the window, signed his flight release, and took his flight out. Two hour later I look up and there (he) is. I said, "What are you doing here, you just took a flight out to CVG". He said, "No, that was my brother." Frankly I did not believe him. 3-4 days later the Ops supervisor came into ops, got me by the arm, drug me out on rampside, pointed to the two Millers standing side by side and said, "See, now do you believe us?"
Later, after I moved to BNA, they used to fly trips thru here where they ended up on the ramp together, one headed for MEM, the other to AVL. They were two of the nicest people I have ever met.
You are right, it was Margie Smith who SUPPOSEDLY was in the left seat on that M404. And I most definitely remember Aloma Gudger.
Harold Norton, do I ever remember him! I worked with Cindy when she transferred to ROA reservations. We kept telling her she had "broad shoulders" and she didn't know what it meant, so she asked Harold what it meant and he got really mad at us about it. I assume you know what it means.
Are you referring the Capt. Jay Jones....Johnny Jones? Or to an agent named Jay Jones. I knew both.
We lived in Ramey's Mobile Home Park in Salem, behind the GE plant. I, too, have the check for the rent...$25 a month for the lot, and $73.26 a month for the mobile home payment. Plus I had a $42 car payment!
Remember John Best, who died recently? Had that German Shepherd that went everywhere with them. John's wife knitted John and the dog matching sweaters for Christmas one year. Came a good snow and they all, dog included, went sledding over near Lakeview Apts. The dog wanted to ride on the sled with John and John finally put him on and down the hill they went. Well, they had to make a turn to miss a fence and John leaned over so he could turn the sled. However, the dog did not know to lean, and being very large and heavy, they couldn't make the turn and they went thru the fence. Sure tore up those sweaters. Plus, I was working Ops when John reported for a flight with scratches all over him, which is how I know the story.
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