My Pan American World Airways Walk Down Memory Lane
My years with Pan American World Airways were some of the best years of my life. To say that the start of my career with Pan Am was the moment of changing my life, would actually be an understatement. When I started I didn’t know what was in store. I was a country girl from South Georgia, who grew up traveling around the SE with my father when he was recruiting teachers. And, family vacations to Florida gave me a taste of adventure and hitting the road to see cities and the country side. I knew I wanted to see more.
My largest inspiration for travel came from may days sitting by my father, leaning on his knee, totally entranced in his stories of travel. He fought in World War II and was part of the regiment sent to Europe and North Africa. His stories of cobbled stoned streets, side street cafes and rolling fields were the doorway for my dreams. I wanted to see those places too. And, the people he described meeting and becoming friends with were all so sophisticated and charming. I wanted to jump into those cultures with both feet ready to explore.
There was no doubting I would want to find a way to see the world. After I graduated from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, I set out to make my mark on the world, still thinking about spinning the globe in my own way. But before that would happen I worked in retail management. An occupation completely a misfit for my wandering spirit. When I saw an ad in the local newspaper in Houston, TX, I immediate applied for an interview with Pan Am.
Shortly after my interview and with my acceptance letter in hand, I was off to Honolulu for flight attendant training. Meeting all the other attendants who would be part of my training class was beyond exciting. Who were these kindred spirits, I was ready to go! We were bright eyed and ready to take the step that would open our world, expand our minds and embrace our experiences with others around the world. Spinning the globe was no longer a dream; it was happening. I heeded the saying “buckle up and let the adventure begin!”
Below are several photos which captures a glimpse into my 12 years with Pan Am.
The airlines present the perfect place for developing friendships. Above are two examples of great friends. But, there were many, many more as well.