My "memories" with National are
short-lived, as I only flew for about six months due to my desire to return
to college in Boston.
My uncle, Vincent Mazzie, who worked
in Computer OOPS for National had lured me to Miami with the promise that
there would be about 40 guys and 2000 female flight attendants. Being 20
years old, he painted quite an enticing picture of the workplace. After
12 years in Catholic School the job was an eye opener.
I enjoyed my six months in the air,
all of it "on call." I returned to Boston and received my graduate degree
from Harvard and worked for about two years in mgt. with Northwest Airlines.
I have a lot more memories that
probably are not suitable for publication. Being one of the few guys, we
always had our own hotel rooms and the parties would usually end up in
our room. New Year's Eve 1977 at the Doral Hotel in NYC was a particularly
I'd love to know what happened to
my classmates. I know that Wayne Startari passed away. I had
kept in touch with Rosemary Byrne for a number of years but we lost touch
when Pan Am folded and I'm not sure where she ended up. Debbie Trowbridge
and Laura Mullendore and I were a few of the trainees who were from out-of-town
and NAL put us up during training at a flea bag hotel near the office.
A lot of my memories come from that
period of time. There was a cook at the hotel, an old guy with no
teeth, who kept sticking love notes into Laura Mullendore's food. She'd
be eating mashed potatoes when she'd find a greasy piece of paper stuck
to her fork. Maybe you had to be there, but it kept us in stitches for
the entire training period. One of our classmates was dating a Jai-lie
player and we used to go to bet on his matches.
As a male flight attendant I had
the good fortune to often work in the lower galleys of the DC-10.
Most of the women didn't want to work there. For us it was great
as we often wore our old clothes and stayed down there the whole flight.
Overall it was a great deal of fun. I worked with some very nice people
and had two very interesting conversations with Bud Maytag on a couple