WELCOME!

TWAer's at Midway, O'Hare and CHI were and will always be a special breed! This is their story - YOUR story.  It's YOUR place, and it's called Windy City Ambassadors.  The story of TWA and Chicago will never be in the past, it will always be present - close to our hearts, just as all those friends we've made over the years.  Thanks to TWAers Phil and Joan Carlson, we are able to present a number of great photos from the Chicago Tribune of historic Midway Airport. CLICK HERE to bring back memories from the early days of Midway!

Our former Webmaster, George Swanson, made a valuable comment about TWA and our careeers before he left us: "The funny thing is that when you share a memory or talk about something that is or was important to you it hits a responsive chord and others chime in. 

Think about writing something about an aspect of your Chicago career, write it and let it fly.  

You never know,  you may hear from old friends you've just about forgotten.

What united us was not necessarily the friendships but the MISSION.  What we DID.  We lived a great era in aviation and probably didn't really realize it back then.  These were the golden years as the jet conquered travel and our passengers were carriage trade.  Much of what we knew is gone, sadly, forever.

So, with that in mind, if you have stories that you'd like to share with others, take a moment and send your webmaster an email and let him know YOUR story. Send your story to ham604@gmail.com. If possible, your story will be included in the Windy City Ambassador web pages.  

Our June luncheon was held on June 11 at the White Fence Farm in Romeoville. Watch for all the details in your newsletter!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Save the DATE!! Our August luncheon will be held on August 13 at the Erie Cafe, 536 West Erie Street, Chicago. NOTE THE TIME US 1:00 NOT NOON!

Below is a handy reservation form for you to use. Simply clip the form, fill it in and mail to Queenie! It's easy! For a map, just CLICK HERE!

The Maintenance/Ramp group will have an annual picnic on September 9th. CICK HERE for all the details.

In addition, we have another summer lunch scheduled for MONDAY, August 7th at Jim Barnoski's home.  Pat and Jim have generously offered their home and spacious yard for our gathering place. We will bring our lunch or be able to order Jimmy John's from the menu and have it delivered.  Bring your own drinks or whatever you choose and a chair may be handy, too.

BIG NEWS FOR 2019 ....yes 2019!! There will not be an AGM in 2018 BECAUSE the plan is to have the AGM in May, 2019 at the original JFK Terminal after renovation!! Read the story below!

Did you realize that the TWA JFK Terminal has been closed since 2001? It's really hard to believe it's been so long. NOW you can take a trip back into the past to view that architectural wonder that was the flagship location for our great airline. The Daily Mail from London has produced a wonderful photo feature that you are sure to enjoy. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL STORY.

Now, a fine hotel will be built and there was groundbreaking in December 2016. The planned hotel will open in late 2018 and feature, among other things, employees in TWA uniforms. The annual TWA Seniors' AGM (Annual General Meeting) will be held there after opening. CLICK HERE for the details of this masterpiece.   

 

Have you paid your $20 annual dues that covers your entire household for your Windy City Ambassador membership? Your dues help support our club and enable us to send your Newsletter to you with all those great pictures! NOW IS THE TIME! Please check your latest newsletter label for "2017" (meaning you have paid through 2017) or send Queenie an email and ask her your membership status! It's easy and VERY important, so don't wait...do it TODAY. Queenie's email address is twasqueenie@att.net. Thanks from all of the TWA Windy City Ambassadors!

THANKS!!!

TWA livery in PHX 5-8-2016

Have you seen this aircraft yet?? Pretty special!! It was seen in PHX May 6, 2016.

USEFUL INFORMATION

Former DCS Jon Proctor has done it again! Jon and Jeff Kriendler proudly announce the release of a NEW BOOK: Trans World Airlines A Book of Memories. This is a collection of stories from TWA's employees and friends who share the memories of our iconic airline. $29.95 provides 280 pages, 62 stories and 270 color illustartions. Free Priority Mail shipping (USA only) to TWAers. Order from airlinebooks2@gmail.com.

REMEMBERING

We continually receive news of our friends and coworkers who have passed away. Details are posted on the "Remembering" page. Please click on "Remembering" for the details.

Money...money...money. We never seem to have enough! Thanks to Phil Carlson, there MAY be TWAers who are owed money from the PBGC. Here is Phil's notice:

Are you getting a pension from the PBGC? I do and received a newsletter today online that has an article on (Missing people) that the PBGC is holding pensions for but they haven't been claimed. I found two people that worked at ORD, Gail Manz and Bernard (Bernie) Piagari out of the many that are on the list. They were the only two I recognized.

Now, if someone would like to be a real humanitarian and try to contact our fellow employees to let them know they may have monies coming to them, who would have the best database to do this? Should one start with sending the info to all the clubs to post on their sites and in newsletters (like I am doing to you)??? Here is the web site to go to to check if you have money due to you.

www.pbgc.gov

Click workers & Retirees

In the middle bottom section click Search for unclaimed pensions

On the next page enter under companies TWA (nothing else)

About 8 pages of names will come up we are under Pichin Corp (TWA)

Hope we find a few worthy people.

MEMORIES...

You can enjoy the history of aviation and Chicago courtesy of Jon Proctor through his internet site "Chicago Through the Years". CLICK HERE to take a great trip back in time! 

You can relive the great TWA terminal at JFK! What great memories of a very special place...CLICK HERE.

  

ALSO, thanks to Queenie, your Webmaster has a CD that is absolutely LOADED with TWA images...badges, pins, ads, travel posters...you name it! If you would want a copy, let him know. Simply click on this to request one:

Non Rev Travel Update

  

If you do not already have an account on Jetnet, you are really missing out when it comes to non-rev travel. The Jetnet site has been recently improved lots of valuable information. Under "Traveler Info" they have now posted the necessary info to list for our vacation passes D-1's and D3's. There is a lot there to help you when making your travel plans so please check it out at: https://retirees.aa.com/AARetirees/travel

What's new between August 1, 2012 and December 31, 2015?  CLICK HERE to see the changes.
Here's a listing of the changes made in 2017 and 2016:

  

2017

  

1/3/17 Added Marc Brecy's 2017 New Year wish to all.
1/15 Added Diane Rodney to the "lost TWAers" page.
1/24 Updated the date for the March Maintenance/Ramp lunch.
1/29 Added the passing of BettyLyons-Geary's husband, John Malmrose.
1/29 Added info about our April luncheon.
1/29 added an update of the fine hotel coming to the TWA JFK Flight Center.
2/16 Added the notice for the annual TWA Hangar Dance. Updated the luncheon info.
3/1 Added info of the passing of Gary Mazzone and Larry Budrow.
3/5 Added a luncheon reservation form and a report of our February luncheon.
3/9 Added a link to Gary Mazzone's obituary and Gary's photo.
4/16 Added the Ramp/Maintenance lunch on May 8th.
4/26 Added the reservation form for our June luncheon. Added details of our April feast. Rearranged the "remembring" page.
5/1 Removed the hangar dance notice.
5/9 Removed the  Maintenance/Ramp lunch notice.
5/20 Added a reservation form for our August luncheon.
6/2 Added info for the Maintanance/Ramp annual picnic.
6/7 Added Anita Patel to the list of "Lost TWAers"
6/17 Added info about the Manitenance/Ramp summer lunch. Removed the White Fence Farm luncheon info.
6/29 Updated the Maintenance summer lunch date that is now August 7.

2016

1/4/16 Added info about lost TWAer Bob Slater.
1/4 Changed the name of the "Contrails" page to "Propwash"
1/4 Relocated an article about Jon Proctor's Rount the World trip to our Propwash page. 
1/11 Added a link for the Ramp & Maintenance 2010 Picnic to the "Friends" page.
1/11 Added a photo of the "Golden Years" on the photos page.
1/12 Added the TWA Museum Hangar Dance announcement to the "Friends" secion.
1/15 Moved several items from the main page to the "Propwash" page. Added a photo of the AA 737 in TWA livery on the main page.
2/8 Added info about our first Connie flight into ORY.
2/18 Added details of our Valentines Day luncheon and notice for our April and June luncheons.
2/19 Added the latest update to the renovation of the JFK terminal.
3/5 Added another reminder about the 2016 dues.
3/8 Added reservation forms for our April and June luncheons. Updated the "Past Events" and rearranged the pages. Added Tom Burgess' wife's mother passing in the "remembering" section.
3/31 Added a notice of the Maintenance/Ramp spring breakfast on April 9.
4/11 Updated the luncheon schedule and added details of our April luncheon.
4/25 Removed the expired Hangar dance notice.
5/3 Added details of Bill Blaney's passing.
5/3 Added info about a new book concerning Flight 800 to be published in July.
5/9 Added the latest photo of the TWA livery in PHX on 5-6-16.
5/17 Added info about the Maintananace/Ramp lunch on May 23.
5/22 Added info about our Summer luncheon and rearranged the main page.
5/24 Removed outdated Ramp/Maintenance breakfast announcement.
6/6 Updated our August luncheon information.
6/10 Updated the info of Ginny Ratchford's passing on June 6th.
7/3 Added Ginny Ratchford's passing to our "Remembering" page.
7/3 Added details for our August luncheon and our October luncheon.
7/14 Added info about the Ramp/Maintenance picnic.
8/4 Updated the info for our October luncheon.
8/11 Added details for our October luncheon.
8/23 Added details of our August luncheon along with Joe Alacapa's video.
8/24 Added more info about the Ramp & Maintenance picnic.
8/29 Added information to the "Friends" page announcing the TWA Museum BLOG. Check it out!
9/4 Added reservation coupon for the October luncheon. Added info about Jon Proctor's new book. Added info about the Seniors Skyliner and the national TWA organization on the "Friends" page.
9/5 Added additional details of the Maintenance/Ramp picnic.
9/6 Updated the membership dues info for 2017.
9/27 Added information of Gretchen Lewis' passing.
9/27 Updated the information about the TWA Museum's Guide Blog and its most recent addition.
10/3 Added information of Glenn  Wiese's passing.
10/10 Updated the info for our December Christmas Celebration.
Updated information on members who have passed on: Phil Rivituso and Bob Instone.
10/11 Added a link to Joe Alacapa's video from our October luncheon. Added info of Joe Sinnott's passing.
10/13 Added further details of Gretchen Lewis' services.
10/24 Added a video of the L-1049 Connie startup and takeoff in the "Propwash" section.
10/25 Added a link to the 2016 Maintenance/Ramp picnic video. Updated the information about Phil Rivituso's services.
10/27 Added details for Fay Widholm's passing and updated on 11/7.
11/7 Changed the Ramp/Maintenance breakfast to a lunch get-together.
11/16 Updated the info for the next Maintenance/Ramp LUNCH on December 5.
11/18 Added reservation forms for the December adn February luncheons and a form for sending in the 2017 dues.
12/20 Updated the info for our February luncheon. and added a link to Joe Alacapa's video from our December gala.
12/26 Added a poetic tribute to John Glenn by Hugh Kelley.

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