I listened for voices but heard none. When we passed through the checkpoint to West Berlin, it was as though someone had turned on a stereo and painted the background. There were people hustling and bustling. Life.
So what to make so far of the new 2011 television season? Personally, I was just getting over my PMMS (Postponed MadMen Syndrome), so let's say I was grumpy going into it. Seeing how women are being portrayed is not helping.
The premiere of "Pan Am" and the audio interview with Jacqueline Kennedy were both reminders of a bygone era during which graciousness and manners were prized above today's values of raw candor and self-absorption.
I'm happy with the casting of Pan Am. The stewardesses and pilots strike me as people I would have wanted to fly with, and they are believable. The storyline has opened up many possibilities for plot twists and turns.
"These women were college educated, spoke multiple languages, were traveling the world... they didn't want to become secretaries, teachers, or wives at that point in their lives. They just wanted some adventure."
I can assure ABC that former Pan Am'ers will be watching their new television series en masse in hopes that the writers will be able to capture even a little bit of the spirit of glamour and adventure that our company represented.
Pan Am was the airline that practically invented aviation. It pioneered air navigation and communications, and its list of "firsts" in the industry is awe-inspiring. Known as the "Queen of the Skies," it was the benchmark by which all other airlines were judged.
Hordes of Lindbergh's worshipful fans refused to clear the runway so that the airplane could land. Lindbergh, unsure of how much gas he had left, was climbing to leave the airport area when suddenly both engines went dead.
The year was 1929, and magic was in the air. Two young couples, both newly married, were about to embark on an historic journey that would make the world smaller by connecting continents and inspiring wanderlust in generations to come.