"Tess" was most likely Teresa Woznisky, who worked in ROA communications. For at least a year I was scared to death of her, but like happens many times, I learned more from her about airline operations than I did almost anyone else, and we became good friends, and I wound up loving to work with her on my shift. Funny how that works out sometimes. No, it was not Bill Settle she had a thing with.
And speaking of Bill, he is responsible for both my most embarrassing moment, and the most touching moment, of my entire career. He was, perhaps, a complex person to get to know, and he had a quite, fiery temper, BUT, I came to see the other side of Bill and I liked him a lot. An example of the "other side": My mother lived with us and died in our home in 1973. We were taking her body back to Virginia for burial and he was the captain on the flight. My mother would fly non-rev quite a bit and Bill knew her. The flight was full. My wife had to sit in the F/A jumpseat, and I sat on the J/S in the cockpit. Bill, not knowing Mom had died, turned and asked how I was doing. I said, "Not so good right now, my mother died and we are taking her body home on this flight for burial". Bill, this big, burly, bear of a man who could put the fear of God into anyone, broke down and sobbed. The F/O took over the first leg of flight.
Genie, I think you can help me immensly with my writing, especially right now, as I am working on the ROA years (12-1-63 to 1-15-68). I think I can possibly help you with something as well. E-mail me privately at:
I also welcome anyone else familiar with the above time frame to e-mail me if you like.