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40 Years in 40 Days: Class of 1971

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It's a great honor to be able to represent the founding year of Southwest Airlines: 1971.  I suppose it's more a testament to longevity than anything else.  Forty years later, and I'm still here.  Like so many others, I was a Purdue Airlines refugee, and unlike others finding Southwest, it was Southwest that found me.  Someone from Southwest found out... read more

40 Years in 40 Days: Class of 1972

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When I was first asked about writing a blog post and sharing some of my experiences at Southwest, my first thought was, “How will I ever pick just one story from a 40-year career?”  Then, as the memories started coming back, I discovered that many of my stories aren’t really … how should I say … “PC” enough to be shared anyway.  So I decided not to... read more

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40 Years in 40 Days: Class of 1973

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In March 0f 1971, Purdue Airlines decided to shut down its charter operation with DC-9s.  Capt. Jerry Steele discovered a new airline was starting up in Texas and requested an application and advised the rest of the airline.  When Capt. Don Ogden received a number of pilot applications, he called our VP Flight Operations to find out why he was receiving so many... read more

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40 Years in 40 Days: Class of 1974

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I became a Southwest Airlines Flight Attendant—or Hostess as we were called back then—on September 26, 1974, and immediately knew I was in for quite the adventure.  It was a time in our country where almost anything went, and at Southwest, we certainly flew by the seat of our hot pants!To apply to be a Hostess, it was required to submit a picture along with your... read more

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40 Years in 40 Days: Class of 1975

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My sister is actually the person who discovered Southwest Airlines.  She worked at a young flying service in Harlingen, saw Southwest was hiring, and encouraged me to apply. There were only two or three people to interview, and I became only the fourth person to work at the Harlingen Station, at the ticket counter. Back then, we didn't have a Reservations Department, we... read more

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40 Years in 40 Days: Class of 1976

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To begin, let me say that I am not a writer nor properly trained in written correspondence, so I’ll just go with this and see what happens.While enrolled at Braniff Education Systems, Inc. (BESI) here at Love Field, I worked nights as a mechanic at a then-small business called Jet Fleet.  I was attending school for my Airframe & Power plants License.  We were... read more

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40 Years in 40 Days: Class of 1977

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I began my career with Southwest Airlines in June of 1977 at DRC.  Orientation was held at the original headquarters on Regal Row, where we were ushered back to Lamar Muse's office to watch a few Southwest Airlines commercials.  I sat on the floor, and glanced over at Mr. Muse.  His secretary sat down on his lap for a few minutes, everyone... read more

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40 Years in 40 Days: Class of 1979

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Ah, the memories of long ago stir, and (with apologies to The Grateful Dead) “…what a long, strange trip it’s been.”  I was a mother of two teen-aged sons and had been working in doctors’ offices since 1966.   Besides my medical assistant position, I was also the surgical assistant, the office manager, and I kept the books for the private club in our... read more

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40 Years in 40 Days: Class of 1980

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I originally interviewed for a ticket agent position, but was offered a position within the Finance Department after the recruiter discovered my banking background.  It never dawned on me that there were other positions within the airline industry other than pilots, flight attendants, ticket agents, and ground operations.  I joined the Southwest Family April 1, 1980... read more

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40 Years in 40 Days: Class of 1981

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The greatest day of my professional life was March 2, 1981.  That was the first day of my New Hire Pilot Class. Seven other young men and I began our careers at Southwest Airlines—then still a fairly unknown airline.  In fact, some of my college friends and former Air Force buddies didn’t even know what Southwest Airlines was when I told them I’d landed this... read more

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