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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.  

We are very sorry to report that we have lost yet another TWAer. With her family loving family around her, Ginny Ratchford passed away after a long illness on June 6th. She and her husband Bob were loyal and longtime members of our Club and attended every function they could. A wake was held on Thursday, June 9th at Conboy's in Westchester, IL, with Mass on Friday at St. John of the Cross in Western Springs, IL. CLICK HERE for the full obituary.

The August luncheon at the Erie Cafe was a real hit for the 34 attendees. Our friend Joe Alacapa made a video of the event and is sharing it with all of us. Thanks, Joe! CLICK HERE to see Joe's video.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Our "Fall Festival" luncheon will be held on October 9th at 12 Noon at Chuck's Chateau Orleans, 8025 S. Cass Avenue in Darien for a Southern BBQ Luncheon!! The cost will be $27.00 due to Queenie by Sept. 30. This promises to be a great time for everyone! 

We'll have a handy reservation form for you to use for our October luncheon. Simply clip the form, fill it in and mail to Queenie! Easy!

The ORD Maintenance and Ramp group will have their annual picnic on September 10 in Bloomingdale. Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and Bratwurst will be furnished and if you want to bring a dish or dessert to share there will be room at the table. Mark your calendar and be with us for a day of fun and friends. CLICK HERE for the information.

 

Take a look at what rolled out November 17, 2015. A proud bird for sure!!

TWA livery in PHX 5-8-2016

Here's the latest photo taken on the taxiway in PHX May 6, 2016.

Have you paid your $20 annual dues 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! There are a number of members who have not sent Queenie a payment this year so NOW IS THE TIME! Please check your latest newsletter label for "2016" or your bank account if you can't recall if you have made the payment 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! Below is a handy from to clip and send to Queenie along with your dues payment.

THANKS!!!

USEFUL INFORMATION

A new book with previously unpublished information about Flight 800 will be available in July 2016. For information about this publication CLICK HERE.

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.

 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 there is a plan for JetBlue to create a fine hotel on the historic site. CLICK HERE FOR THE DETAILS.

And here's the latest info from February 2016. CLICK HERE! Our thanks to Phil Carson and Steve Kolish for bringing this to our attention.

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 2016:
  
                                           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.

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