The seventh hearing of the 9/11 Commission was devoted to aviation related issues. Unfortunately, the commission failed to examine many of the key issues surrounding September 11, 2001. In particular, it fell woefully short of recognizing the contribution of the inflight crews on that terrible day.
This article describes the creation and evolution of the Federal Aviation Administration. It is the government agency that is most concerned with air safety and security.
In late 2003, the White House agreed to hearings into what had happened on 9/11/2001. This is the story of the politics surrounding these hearings and whether or not the effort achieved its goals
This article continues the series on how 9/11 happened by focusing on the change in policy from the Clinton Administration and the lack of attention and priority given to terrorism by President Bush
This article traces the history of the Central Intelligence Agency and its role in fighting terrorism during the Clinton Administration. It details the success and failures of the CIA in the effort.
This short article is a farewell tribute to a friend and collegue, Norm Bettke, who was loved and respected by many Los Angeles-based flight crews.
This article chronicles my surgical experience following an injury and how the results of that surgery may have been strongly influenced by astrological influences
My dream vacation in the western Mediterranean turned into a nighmare of pain and suffering in just a few short seconds -- on the first day of my trip. This tells the story of that experience.
The article describes the first three-day Frog Jubilee in Angels Camp CA. It describes all the activities held, while focusing on the selection of Betty Cummings as the very first Belle of the Camp.
This is a story of how my family's history is intertwined with that of legendary writer Mark Twain and how Twain's short visit to the gold mining town of Angels Camp had a huge impact on his career.
This article is a tribute to the life and courage of Cocoa Henderson, one of the orignal stewardesses of color hired by United Air Lines in the 1960's.
This article is Part 15 of my continuing series on Remembering 9-11. It deals with the history and culture of the FBI and how the events of 9-11-2001 might have been impacted by these factors.
This is a tribute to my mother-in-law Dorothy who passed on Easter Sunday 2007. She was 83 years old.
Article asks why flight attendants were not informed of the terrorist threat they were facing and why they were not used more effectively in preventing the tragedy of 9-11-2001.
A poem celebrating the life of my mother, Velda Irene Osborn.
A short poem to celebrate the life passage of a close friend.
This is a poem dedicated to the 33 crew members lost on September 11, 2001
This article pays tribute to a friend and colleague on her passing in 2013.
This article relates the story of my first exposure to the stewardess career field and the details of training at "Stew School."
This short article pays tribute to the brave flight attendants and pilots who did what they could to inform others of the tragic events of the day and thereby prevent further attacks for occurring.
This article describes how the U.S. airlines rose like the mythical Phoenix after Septembmer 11, 2001 to resume normal operations in a relatively short period of time following the disaster.
This article describes the actual events in the air and on the ground during the hijackings on September 11, 2001.
This summer (2011) my husband and I returned to several places we had lived in the early years of our marriage.Along with seeing these houses, we took a detour and found the house I lived in from ages 3 to 18.Those were important years, I am sure,...
This poem is dedicated to the crew members who lost their lives on the hijacked flights on September 11, 2001.
This article examines information available in open sources indicating that there may have been more intended hijackings on 9-11-2001 than have been publicly reported.
On August 13th, 2011, a gathering of friends and family will meet in Pasadena, California, to honor a woman who charmed people with her soft nurturing ways. She had a manner of tilting her head when listening to what you were saying. She made you...
This articles relates the author's personal experiences and the experiences of close associates in the immediate aftermath of the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001.
My crew at the pool takes care of each other out of the water. My crew at the pool has pot lucks and breakfasts together. My crew at the pool sends “get well” cards when someone is sick. My crew at the pool loves to share their...
My crew at the pool is a little more mature than the ones I used to fly with. My crew at the pool is happy to be on board each day. My crew at the pool has very expressive faces with deep smile lines and kind compassionate ones that blend...
This articles describes the personal experiences of friends (both old and new) and neighbors following the horrific events of 9-11-2001.
This article describes the incredible and heroic response to the September 11, 2001 tragedy by Canada as a nation and by the people of Canada.
This article details the events that occured on September 11, 2001 following the actual hijackings and attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
This article describe the near miraculous effort by air trtaffic controllers and the pilots of all aircraft who cleared the airways in phenomenal time after the hijackings on 9-11-2001.
This article honors the brave flight crew members who gave their lives on 9-11-2001, particularly those who braved danger to help the rest of the world know what was happening that fateful morning.
This article provides a brief history of the airlines and airline crew members and describes what the crews would have been doing on the morning of September 11, 2001 prior to their fateful flights.
This articles describes the events on the actual flights involved on September 11, 2001hijackings.
The following is an extract from my book, Turbulent Skies, which was published in 2004. It describes my personal experiences on September 11, 2001.
Every generation has its own happening -- a happening that often defines the generation itself. September 11, 2001 was one such happening.