North Carolina Newspapers

    MARCH, 1965
"But what will we do with a 2 pound box of raisins?" reasons Amelia. "I thought you said you could SING!" laughs Carol as Patsy, Amelia, and she try to get uke, voice, and
Carol,, Patsy and Amelia find that their only arguments arise over autoharp in the same key. The girls frequently entertain themselves and their friends with a home-style
kinds, sizes, and prices in the grocery store. hootenanny.
Stewardesses Mix Fun, Work
"Just stand still, will ya?" Amelia is the seamstress
in the group; Carol, the hairdresser. The girls find
it fun to work together on projects.
Take three Piedmont stewardesses, mix well, and you
come up with a delightful combination of wit, determina
tion, and just plain fun. This is especially true if the three
stewardesses are Atlanta based Carol Hewitt, Amelia Moss,
and Patsy Benton.
Carol, who has been with Piedmont the longest of
the three, attended Campbell College. While Vacationing
in her hometown of Wilmington, N. C., she answered a
Piedmont ad for stewardesses.
Amelia and Patsy, both from Jefferson City, Tennes
see, are long time friends. "In fact," says Amelia, "our
parents used to double date." Amelia was working in the
business office of the telephone company when Piedmont
began interviewing stewardess applicants in Knoxville. Just
for fun, she applied. Patsy, who had been working for a
department store, joined the Piedmont family a few months
Amelia and Carol had already become a team, and
when Patsy was based in Atlanta, the three girls got
together. They now have a spacious three bedroom "town
house" apartment which suits each of them just fine.
Although the apartment is furnished in a Swedish.,
modern mode, the girls have added their own touches—
a brick and lumber book case, a stereo, a T.V., a collec
tion of attractive wall prints, and decorative bottles.
Patsy attributes the success the three of them have
had in living together compatibly to two factors; separate
bedrooms and a family atmosphere. "Why we even buy
just one bottle of shampoo between us!" she says.
In household chores, the girls split up the work. They
really enjoy cooking, even baking their own breads. The
biggest trouble maker is the weekly grocery shopping.
Quarrels frequently arise over what to buy, how much to
buy, which kind, which price to pay, and so on.
Regardless of their food purchasing decisions, how
ever, the girls eat three meals a day, with dinner a full
course affair. Frequently, there is a guest or two to share
the results of their culinary efforts.
All is not work, however. The trio lives in a relatively
new apartment building with Colonial shutters and lan
tern lights. Lots of other young people, including some
Delta stewardesses and flight crews, occupy nearby apart
ments. In the summer, the tenants gather by the pool al
most every night for a splash party-barbecue.
In their own domain, the girls spend their time listen
ing to an abundant collection of records ranging from
Johnny Mathis to Dave Brubeck to Peter, Paul, and Mary.
Favorite T.V. programs include Johnny Carson, Peyton
Place, and for the Tennesseeans, Gomer Pyle. Many nights
are spent watching the "tube" and baby-sitting for neigh
bors in a nearby building.
When it comes to dating, the girls exemplify diversity.
Patsy usually goes casual—to a skirt and sweater get to
gether or a local movie. Carol prefers to dress up and
go out on the town. And Amelia's dates are mostly the
popcorn and T.V. type.
The three seem to love their jobs with Piedmont. Says
Carol, "We all enjoy keeping a specific trip for a fairly
long time. You get to know the regulars on each flight;
you know, Mr. Jones on Wednesday, Mr. Smith on Friday,
and so on." Passengers really appreciate recognition, the
girls agree.
Carol says she's found the secret to keeping people
happy. No matter what minor crisis may occur—from a
passenger missing a connection to spilling coffee, she says
"a big smile and a few friendly words can camouflage
any problem. Conversely, a flawless trip cannot make up
for a grouchy disposition. It's really the smile that gets
Though pleased with their jobs and happy with the
opportunities they have to meet new and interesting peo
ple, the life of a stewardess is not so glamorous as the
image held by the general public. "Sure, it's lots of fun,"
says Amelia, "but we wash and do dishes and watch tele
vision just like any other girls. The biggest thing is the
thrill of flying. It sort of gets in your blood; and there's
something new and different every day."
"Two minutes 'til breakfast," an
nounces Carol. Since her flight is
Another face another part of their lives . . . shows through as in the afternoon this time, she fixes "Did I tell you what Mr. Harmon said today?" asks Amelia as she and
Amelia and Patsy leave for their trips. Carol drives them to the airport bacon and eggs for her early-bird Carol discuss their day's flight while setting the table for dinner. The
to save the parking fee roommates. trio cooks a full course meal almost every night.

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