Karen Schmit's BITS AND PIECES.

 

BITS AND PIECES

NWA Flight Attendant Newsletter April 30th 2018

Table of Contents

 

BITS AND PIECES

From Our Friends

…..Kay Kurtz

…..Ivy Johansson

Phone Scam

…..Shannon Hedren

In Memoriam

…..Al Baird

…..Joy Hagensen, Nelson, Corpalongo

 

Ongoing Events:

…..MSP FA Coffee

…..SEA FA Lunch

…..MSP Girls Night Out

…..MSP FAs at Champps

…..MSP Northside Coffee

…..SW Florida FA Luncheon

…..MSPFA South Depot

Save The Date:

…..RNPA St. Croix River Cruise

Happy Birthday List In Closing

…..Mother’s Day

…..Memorial Day

 

The Newsletter Begins Here…..

BITS AND PIECES From Our Friends

 

From Kay Kurtz on April 9th

As you can see, I wrote this 12years ago for a writing class that I attended…

Our group still meets today(literally).

So!

My Chosen Profession,

 

Or as Mrs. Rolle in 6th grade made me title my paper“My Avocation”

We lived across the street from my Mothers best friend  Dorothy whose husband was a pilot for Northwest Orient Airlines. Later my best friend Sharon whose father worked for Northwest Orient Airlines moved into that same house. So, of course when it came time to write that paper on my avocation, I chose not to be a nurse, secretary or school teacher. I was going to be a Stewardess! I would travel all over the world and find me a husband who would adore me and give me beautiful children. So there!

However, I was slightly diverted by my greater desire to  escape from the house of crazy people when I was 17 years old. I found the perfect solution. I would marry Phil the Philander who worked at the same shoe store as I did while I was in High school. Even though everybody said I shouldn’t do it and it would never work, I knew better. And He did move me away to Omaha Nebraska. Whoopee…..that’s another story.

 

Suffice it to say two years later I was divorced and living in the bosom of that same family from which I had escaped.

I had a challenging job at the telephone company that I enjoyed and a boyfriend that was sweeter than he was promising.

I still dreamed of that Avocation Mrs. Rolle had extracted from me.

Finally one day more than a year after I had been back in Minneapolis, I got up the gumption to tell my Supervisor that I had a Dr. Appointment in the afternoon and I dragged myself out to Wold Chamberlain field... the world headquarters of Northwest Orient Airlines. At the employment office, there were about 20 other girls (younger and prettier than I was) anxiously awaiting their turns to take the three very in depth written tests. Upon completion, I was advised that the office was closing and I would have to return tomorrow for the interview process. Oh my God. What was I to tell my supervisor at the telephone company? I do not remember my story but somehow the next day I found myself in that same dreary office with another group of pretty young girls--waiting. I went through lengthy questioning by two separate people before I was escorted in to the office of Miss Dorothy Kerns.

This was just prior to noon. She looked like she would take great pleasure in chewing me up and spitting me out before lunch.

“Well.” She said. “Kay, we have a problem. We happen to like you!!!!! Butttt!!!. We have a policy at Northwest Orient Airlines. WE DO NOT HIRE DIVORCED WOMEN!”

“You have stated on your application that you have been married!

Now, it seems that we could possibly make an exception in your case however, we require that you obtain a signed letter from your ex-husband stipulating that he does not intend now nor ever to reconcile with you.

If you can bring this document to me as soon as possible, we can consider bringing you on board.”

 

This was at a time almost two years after I had had any contact with that bastard. But, being the type of employee Northwest Orient Airlines was hiring, someone who would be willing to obey unconditionally and always be grateful to an organization who would give this unworthy self a chance, I actually called Phil the Philanderer and requested that he do as I was advised. I guess the jerk thought he owed me  something after two glorious years of dishing out physical and emotional abuse.

Within a week, precious document in hand, I found myself genuflecting at the feet of Miss Dorothy Kerns, spewing forth my gratitude to her and Northwest Orient Airlines for accepting this lowly black sheep into the fold.

Thus began a 37 year career that in that day had the promise of an 18 month longevity rate. There were to be no marriages, no children, no extra pounds, or too many years.                                                                32 was the age when resignation was required. No glasses. No unpolished or chipped fingernails.No uniforms without girdles. No shoes less high than 3 inches and no hair touching the collar. We could not board the aircraft without white gloves and a pancake hat perched perilously atop the head.

Somehow I survived through all of the days of being a flying waitress, stewardess, air hostess and flight attendant.

There were many opportunities to review the other options during numerous labor disputes and layoffs. There was never a day when I would have traded my job for any others.

My avocation suited me well. I never even considered writing “that letter” to Miss Dorothy Kerns myself. I felt my fate laid in the hands of Phil the Philanderer.

Today I have many wonderful memories and know that I have taken over the power of my own fate. Thank you very much!

Kay Kurtz

October 23 2006

 

Update on Ivy Johansson

from Dani Kelly on April 13th

I received an update I’d like to share .

Ivy is upbeat considering the circumstances , but is not ready for phone   calls.  She is however, thrilled with, and very appreciative of, the  many  cards she has been receiving! She’s loving hearing from everyone and sends  a Huge Thank You. You’ve buoyed her spirits!

A little history for those of you who may not know Ivy Johansson… pronounced E- Vee

Amputation came by the way of a kidney stone blockage ,and even though treated, she developed septic shock which has resulted in amputation of both hands, and now sadly, her feet too.

Prosthetics will be in her future after she’s healed.

The very Best News I can share with all of you , is that Ivy is getting ready to go HOME THIS WEEKEND! She and Kenneth are overjoyed as you can imagine. She still faces many challenges most of us will not, but if you know her, even a little bit, you know she will challenge herself to what lies ahead

Ivy’s Bio:

Ivy worked for Wien  about 10-15 years, and started to fly for Northwest Orient in 1985. Ivy was based in NYC, DTW, LAX, and then SEA. She was on disability for a few years, then retired from NWA in 2008. Following Retirement she lived in the Seattle-Tacoma and Gig Harbor area.

Ivy and her husband Ken, a retired (2016) UAL Wide-body Pilot , moved over a year ago to Rexford ,MT where they currently reside.

Please continue to send cards, letters and photos as they’re very much appreciated.

 

Please share this info to your FB Page or email others: Ivy Johansson

P.O. Box 110 Rexford, Mt 59930

A note. Please only use P.O. Box address we have for Ivy and Kenneth as their home is remote and mail is only to the P.O.Box .

If you’re flying please take a card and have everyone sign it. Take pics and you can fwd to me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , and I’ll be happy to forward to Ivy and Kenneth

Let’s make an all out effort and make this courageous Woman SMILE!

Thanks for all you do in helping your fellow FAs! Dani

From Shannon Hedren

Phone Scam

New Area Code - PLEASE READ and pass it on.

809 Area Code

We actually received a call last week from the 809 area code. The woman said 'Hey, this is Karen. Sorry I missed you- get back to us quickly. I have something important to tell you.' Then she repeated a phone number beginning with 809. We did not respond. Then this week, we received the following e-mail:

 

Do Not DIAL AREA CODE 809, 284, AND 876 from the U.S. or Canada. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION PROVIDED TO US BY AT&T. DON'T EVER DIAL AREA CODE 809

This one is being distributed all over the US ... This is pretty scary, especially given the way they try to get you to call.

They get you to call by telling you that it is information about a family member who has been ill or to tell you someone has been arrested, died, or to let you know you have won a wonderful prize, etc.. In each case, you are told to call the 809 number right away. Since there are so many new area codes these days, people unknowingly return these calls.

If you call from the U.S. or Canada, you will apparently be charged a minimum of

$2425 per-minute.

And you'll also get a long recorded message. The point is, they will try to keep you on the phone as long as possible to increase the charges. WHY IT WORKS:

The 809 area code is located in the Dominican Republic .

The charges afterward can become a real nightmare. That's because you did actually make the call. If you complain, both your local phone company and your long distance carrier will not want to get involved and will most likely tell you that they are simply providing the billing for the foreign company. You'll end up dealing with a foreign company that argues they have done nothing wrong.

Please forward this entire message to your friends, family and colleagues to help them become aware of this scam.

AT&T VERIFIES IT'S TRUE :http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=6045

SNOPES VERIFIES IT'S TRUE:http://www.snopes.com/fraud/telephone/ 809..asp

 

In Memoriam

Edgar Alan Baird (Al) Obituary

Age 91 Of St. Paul Passed away April 18, 2018. Preceded in death by parents, Edgar Sr. and Stephanie. Survived by sons, Lawrence and Tim (Lisa); daughter, Stephanie Baird Peavey; 5 grand-children; 3 great-grandchildren; and ex-wife, Joan with whom he maintained a life-long friendship.

Al was a member of the greatest generation. He served his country in the Pacific with the US Navy during WWII, and retired from Northwest Airlines after a 38 year career. Traveling, family, being with close friends, Disneyland, and the Twins were Al's favorite pastimes.

Memorial Service, 11AM, Saturday, April 28th at ST LUKES LUTHERAN CHURCH, 1807 Field Avenue, St. Paul with a Visitation one hour prior. Interment Monday, April 30th at 10:30AM at Fort Snelling. 651-767-9333

Published in Pioneer Press on Apr. 22, 2018

 

Update on Joy Hagensen, Nelson, Corpalongo

Received on April 21st

Hi Karen, my name is Kemer Nelson. I follow your Bits and Pieces online with RNPA connections.

I have recent news about former flight attendant, Joy Hagensen, Nelson, Corpalongo’s passing.

This news is from Joy’s sister, Julie:

Joy passed on April 9 , 2018 in Hospice Care in Williamsburg, New Mexico

In a phone call with Joy in January she shared with me her failing health with vision, lung cancer and other issues over the last 3 plus years.

There was ultimately a stroke that put her in Hospice Care.

Joy certainly did enjoy the excitement of life, may she rest in peace. Her wishes were to not have an Obituary or Memorial Service.

Julie

 

Upcoming Events

MSP FA Coffee

The first Friday of each month. The next Coffee is Fri. May 4th

9:00 to........

WOODY'S GRILLE 6399 City West Parkway Eden Prairie, Mn. 55344

They are seating us in the back room so be sure to ask at the door for our seating location.

Karen Blalock for details This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ROMEO (Retired Old Men/Women Eating Out)

SEA FA Lunch

The First Friday of each month. The next lunch is: Friday  May 4th  11:00am

OLD COUNTRY BUFFET SEATAC VILLAGE SHOPPING CENTER 1816 SOUTH 320TH STREET FEDERAL WAY, WA 98003

(253) 839-9207

located on the north side of 320th Street next to DSW shoe store. Wayland Johe This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

MSP FA Gathering at Poor Richards

(The old Bella Cucina gang) The 2nd Tuesday of each month Our next luncheon:

Tuesday, May 8th at 11:30

Poor Richards (The old Stonewings) 8301 Normandale Blvd. Bloomington.

*in the side room or balcony if the weather is nice.

Call or email if you have questions. Mary Brainard 952-451-0012 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New Wings Luncheon May 8th

The monthly luncheon will be held on Tuesday May 8th at 11:00 am. We are going to The Turtle Club Restaurant on Vanderbilt Beach.

We will be dining outside on the patio overlooking the beautiful beach and ocean. Casual cool clothing is recommended.

Please RSVP to me Rose Ann Odette either by phone 239-992-2360 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you,   Rose Ann🌹

 

MSP Girl’s Night Out

Thursday May 17th

We are primarily 20 year gals who meet the 3rd Thursday of each month and would welcome anyone looking for a social group each month. We sometimes meet at restaurants and sometimes at home, but all are welcome.

Contact Verna May for information                                              This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MSP FAs at 7th Street Social

The 3rd Tuesday of each month   Next gathering: May 15th  11:30a.m. http://seventhstreetsocial.com

2176 7th St. W.

St. Paul, MN 651-330-4688

*7th Street Social is owned by Roseanne Burn’s son Brian Shannon

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Msp North-Side Coffee

The next Coffee is:   Wednesday May 16th 10:00am

Everyone is invited (retired or not)   The 3rd Wed. of each month Paneras, Maple Grove.

Address: 7778 Main St. Maple Grove Phone: 763-416-0436

Directions:

494 W. to 169 No. to 694 W. to Hemlock Ln. -- exit on Hemlock--turn R. (North) onto Hemlock-- turn L. on Elm Creek Blvd.(stoplite) --then R. on Main St. (stoplite) (Bucca's is on the corner) -- Paneras is 1 block on R. side and on the corner. If you see Joann Etc. and Sport's Authority you   are close!! Maggie O'Leary This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 763-232-2554 (cell).

Save The Date Events

Next page…….

 

RNPA Summer Cruise on the St. Croix River

  1. ST. CROIX CRUISE

JUNE 21st

11:30 - 2:30

CBoat departs Stillwater 11:30 SHARP! B

P20 plus years cruisin' the St. Croix PThree hours of catching-up conversation PGreat lunch included

PCash bars

PStill only 30 BUCKS!

NAME                                                 NAME                                                  

email                                                        

Checks payable to “NWA MSP Cruise” and mail to: David Griffiths

8701 Pine Hill Road Bloomington MN 55438

 

 

 

 

Happy Birthday!

May

Montie Leffel 5-3 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Joanne Cook 5-3 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Vicki Coles  5-4  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Pat Tremblay 5-7 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Nancee Wright 5-7 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mary Jane Falcon 5-8 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Jan Monzo (Senor) 5-10 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Donna Badley 5-12 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lynne Gerlicher 5-14 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jude Ragnes 5-18 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Betty Ann Sternal 5-18 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Claudia Swan Matzke 5-18 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Nancy Lowman 5-19 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Linda Peterson 5-20 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Suzanne Coyne This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Joan Daly Erickson 5-24 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Diane Klick 5-26 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

June

Herb Moran 6-1 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Sharon Gayle 6-3 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Margie Jacob 6-13 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Irene Cline 6-16 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Julie Toomey 6-19 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Veresa (Resa) Stewart Phillips 6-22 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jody Bartlett     6-24 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Ed Eishen 6-19 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jon Bautista  6-25 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gloria Funk Adell 6-25 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Carol Jones 6-26 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gail Joseph 6-27 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jane Foote 6-30 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

July

Kirk Mogren 7-3 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Sue Spohn 7-4 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gabriele Pihlaja 7-5 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Sandy Helgesen 7-5 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Sandi Bro 7-6 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Draga Stankovich 7-9 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Diane Holmberg 7-13 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Anne Marie Borne 7-15 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Carol Lange 7-22 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Schaefer Sandi 7-23 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Suzie Adams 7-25 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Meri Kay Wisely 7-26 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Gay Glover 7-30 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Anka Cole 7-30 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Connie Christie 7-31 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Kay Kurtz 7-31 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

In Closing

 

MemorialDay May 28th

 

 

Mother’s Day May 13th


 

Pilot Info

Fellow Pilots,

We have a blog. "https://groups.google.com/d/forum/rnpa-forum". The "RNPA Forum" allows you to communicate in real time with fellow RNPA members. Click on "RNPA Forum" and it will take you to the blog that Neal Henderson has created in Google Forum. Neal has entered subscriptions to all RNPA members to use the forum.  No sign-in is required.

As always proper decorum is expected. 

Remember that "Letters to the Editor" is also available for other communicatios; such as stories, experienced events and anything else that comes to mind.

eContrails Editor

J--