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Ruth Mil ler
J . Albert Shul ley
This year has started out as a fine one for
all, and we In C H W sincerely wish you
each and every one a Happy New Year .
December and the Christmas Holidays
brought a very sociable season to CHW.
On December 17 the annual Interline Party
was held at the Midelburg Auditorium with
Nix Nixon's Orchestra furnishing the
music for the gay event. Not as large a
crowd as last year, but we all agree,those
of us who were there, that we can hardly
wait until next year to again enjoy the
fine time had by all.
On December 22 CHW had their annual
Employee Christmas Dinner Dance. The
Dinner was held In the Glass House Ban
quet Room at the Airport and dancing was
crowded later In the Club Room on the
lower floor of the Airport. As the usual
custom, each employee drew a name out
of the hat a few weeks before the party
for purchasing an exciting gift (for the
amount of 25;.) to suit the personality of
the name drav/n. Before going any further
we want you to know that Joe High makes
a “perfectly delightful " Santa Clau^ and
it would be worth your cigars to hire him
for your Christmas Party. Many employ
ees were pleased to find the surprises in
their gaily wrapped packages. Ronnie was
afraid to open his, thought Bill Cash had
drawn his name . .of course we never find
out the true identity of the "culprit."
Special guests at the dinner were Mr.
Cecil Goff of Hertz U-Drive-lt, Miss
Edythe Kelley of the Airline Trip Insur
ance Counter, and Mr. & Mrs. Walter
Whlnnery of the Gift Counter In the Air -
port. Jack Kelley was also home to join
Our many thanks to the Agents from HTW
who came over to work our Station so we
all could join in the celebration of the
Holiday Season. Without you, some of us
would have had to work, and I hate to be
late for social events. . .so many thanks and
a special invitation to just come over and
attend the next party.
It was a very pleasant surprise and plea
sure to enjoy a visit from Ken Ross during
the month of December. Don't stay away
so long next time, hurry back real soon.
Newcomers to C L T are assistant Chief
Agent Gene Walsh from HKY and Billy
Sanders from CLT. To these fellows we
give a big we I come to the Queen City
station. Billy is new In the airline busi
ness but Walsh comes as a veteran of five
years - IMN and HKY.
Here we saidso-long to 1956 with weather
delays and anything but sunshine, although
one sunny spot was the Christmas Party In
INT, attended by several of the CLT
personnel. Sure had a fine time.
Had a V I s i t from Mr. Turbevil le which,
always lightens up this station. We were
al I glad to see Turby around and wel I again.
The New Year was kicked off with new
Flight 55and some schedule changes. All
In all an interesting start for 1957 - and
we are looking forward to a glorious New
In CLT, we are starting the New Year by
showing pictures of the New F-27 in the
office and all around operations and reser
vations. With determination we are gear
ing ourselves to start with a bang anything
new that 1 957 brings and we take this
opportunity to say thanks a million for the
increase in the white envelope. It was a
wonderful Christmas present and a great
start for the New Year.
First,a big welcome to our new girl agent,
Agent Jim VanHorn has completed his In
strument training course at INT and is now
a full fledged'commercial pilot with Instru
ment rating. Jim says he hopes to be flying
as co-pilot for Piedmont In the near future.
We all wish him the best of luck.
On December 13 our annual Christmas
Party was held at St. Clouds Commons.
The station manager and four agents from
CHW worked In HTW so that all HTW
agents could be free to attend the party,
however, they joined us later. We had a
delicious buffet dinner, and everyone had
a wonderful time.
NOTICE: One of our bachelors took the
plunge. Hoskins Almond married Nancy
Burruss on November 30. We wish them
Miss Martha Brown joined Piedmont Dec.l
(she is Purser Ray Brown's sister).
All this activity was too much for our
Station Manager, Ed Best so he wenttoRIC
for two week’s vacation. Actually he spent
his time at Byrd Field,with the Air Force.
We really had the Christmas Spirit here
this year - decorated the lobby,exchang
ed gifts and had a party - AND WHAT A
PARTYI Few of us could not attend, and
the others had so much fun they hardly
noticed. The Spirit extended through the
end of the month and found us together to
greet the New Year.
From all of us to all of you - Best wishes
for a Bright, Sunny and Happy NeW Year.
Dogs and cats are usually our main diffi
culties when interruptions occur in our
dally routine. Last year it was two cats,
some kind from China,which were brought
out In a regular cage. Charles Swift was
on duty alone that day and the cage latch
came loose and out they went - up one
of the million Pine Trees. Charles got
them down and in the cage again - and a
delay was due to them.
So this year Dean caught the dogs. This
long curley-halred mongrel was brought
to the field in a cardboard box about the
size you*dshlp a sofa in, untied and air
holes In the sides big enough for suitcases
to be thrown through. After accepting it
It was Impossible to send him out as was
so we made another case out of two orange
crates and left holes in.the bottom and the
dog walked to the plane with the crate
around and under his chest. That's the
last we saw of curley.
Captain Dobbins came to SOP with some
of his friends and looked for the holes In the
golf courses around and near SOP. They
must have been successful in locating all