Tuesday, March 3, 2015

American Airlines 707 Jet Stewardess: More Than a Ticket Memoirs Flying with American Airlines from Props to Jets BOOK TALK

American Airlines 707 Jet Stewardess: More Than a Ticket Memoirs Flying with American Airlines from Props to Jets BOOK TALK

American Airlines 707 Jet Stewardess: More Than a Ticket Memoirs Flying with American Airlines from Props to Jets BOOK TALK

American Airlines 707 Jet Stewardess: More Than a Ticket Memoirs Flying with American Airlines from Props to Jets BOOK TALK

More Than a Ticket Memoirs Flying with American Airlines from Props to Jets BOOK TALK


Last week, I walked into Barnes & Noble to see if their catalog had listed my book:  More Than a Ticket Memoirs Flying with American Airlines from Props to Jets. 
After asking, the clerk said, "We have the book on our shelves."  Really!


I almost lost my balance.  My book in Barnes & Noble, it couldn't be, but there it was and it really has my name on it!  This is in Orem, Utah. If the book is not on the shelve, they will order it, no matter where the store is located.

I did another Book Talk yesterday with a terrific group called ElderQuest. So impressed with their energy and bright minds to serve the community and continue their education. 

Yesterday, I met two ladies who had flown with Pan Am and a United stewardess as they sat sharing bits of their stories. Many teachers were in the crowd who shared my adventure as a teacher.  This journey of Book Talk has made new friends and when I was invited to speak in a home setting a while ago, I found a friend from the 60s, now retired and wow another thrill.
 
My path has taken me into groups who are making my book their friend. Sometimes, it has been more than a signing, but actually having a conversation about the culture of the 50s and 60s of airline travel. 

When asked to speak, I wonder what I am going to say in a different way than before, however the group seems to guide me along with their interest while sharing and asking questions. At first, I was not comfortable with questions, but now it is super because I know what people are really interested in hearing about from an old stewardess. Great time! 

Perhaps it is just to see how many wrinkles I have after all the years of living. I have not disappointed them. Yes and for a weight check, also. 



This dear lady, Julia has arranged for me to do the Book Talk twice. Having read and reread, she has been a great supporter for sharing the book.


The book: More Than a Ticket by Argie Hoskins
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

AMERICAN AIRLINES BOEING 707 INAUGURAL FLIGHT JANUARY 25, 1959



Soon!  We will celebrate the Boeing 707 Inaugural Flight of January 25, 1959. I ask myself over and over, "Has it really been 56 years?"  Yes, the years slip by and the memories of that historical flight for American Airlines are as real as the yesterday years. The excitement was stepping from the Propeller powered aircraft to the Jet powered aircraft.  I remind myself that the most of you out there do not know how it was to fly on those wonderful aircraft before the Jet age.
Photo by Jon  Proctor DC-7B
Photo by Bill Proctor Convair 240


Photo by Jon Proctor   DC-6


Yes, there was time to learn our guests names, hang 
coats, have a pillow in hand along with a blanket, 
pass out magazines, hug babies, and welcome them 
again and again with the same hospitality.

Then came the beautiful Boeing 707 for us to learn 
a new way of life. 

This photo was taken by Jon Proctor  
Boeing 707


                               


Captain Macatee













This was the day January 25, 1959



Jane put on my 
flight topper 
and helped me
serve the meal. 
So fun!
She was the 
actress in the 
movie:  Three
Guys named
Mike. 
She played the
AA stewardess.


Peaceful and Happy Landings
from Argie Hoskins

Flagship California design Phillip Nicholson
Gratefully for all who read this history







Friday, January 2, 2015

AMERICAN AIRLINES INAUGURAL FLIGHT BOEING 707

The year was 1959 and there was excitement in the air. American airlines was entering the age of moving the air transportation business from the well traveled and faithful propeller driven aircraft to the new world of jet travel. As stewardesses we were excited and knew that our world was changing.
 And then it  happened on January 25, 1959, I prepared myself for that moment in time which would never happen again. The Inaugural Flight saluted the Boeing 707 commercial jet as it crossed the United States with a bow to history as we stepped toward a new world of travel. The thought that raced through my heart and head like lightening through my body was "Am I ready and I still couldn't believe what was happening and how I could be so honored."

INAUGURAL FLIGHT CAPTAIN MACATEE

 Norman Rice, Marilyn Rutkowski, Edna Garrett,  Charles Macatee, Argie Hoskins, Lou Szabo, Claire Bullock. Bill Duncan





 The following is a glance at a page in the book:  More Than a Ticket 

FIRST TRANSCON FLIGHT

It was commercial aviation’s first transcontinental jet flight, a flight that
brought east and west coasts three hours closer together and revolutionized
an airline, an industry and the nation’s transportation system.

“We got off 20 minutes late because of the ceremonies at Los Angeles.
But we were fortunate enough to catch tailwinds that at times were in excess
of 150 knots. We arrived at New York on schedule, exactly four hours
and 3 minutes after takeoff.” . . .

Hundreds of people, including a 25-piece brass band, turned out at
Idlewild to welcome the first transcon jet (more than 25,000 had seen it
off at LAX). Newsmen, government officials and movie stars were aboard,
including actress Jane Wyman (“who for some reason I kept calling Mrs.
Lyman,” Captain Macatee recalled).

C. R. Smith, also aboard, told AAers in a special issue of Flagship News to
“take a bow to history, for you are a part of it today. The piston-engined
airplane will retain our affection, for it has done so much for us and for air
transportation. Today, we have a new area of expectation, for the bright
promise of what the turbine-powered airport will bring lies ahead of us.”


Astrojet News vol. 24, no. 2, January 27, 1969. Photo courtesy of Beth Macatee Snyder.

Sent to me by Captain Macatee's generous daughter.


With this flying adventure comes the desire to thank American Airlines for the opportunity to be a team member with a wonderful airline company. So I wrote a book.

More Than a Ticket  Memoirs Flying with American Airlines from Props to Jets   by Argie Hoskins

This book has 12 wonderful contributors which adds a depth of history that only they could add. As a special note to days gone by, you will slip into the past to enjoy the thrill of  what it meant to fly through the clouds of time.

CONTRIBUTORS 

http://www.amazon.com/More-Than-Ticket-American-Airlines/dp/0578147955



HAPPY NEW YEAR

Monday, December 15, 2014

MERRY CHRISTMAS 1958 FROM FOUR AMERICAN AIRLINES STEWARDESSES


The year was 1958 and chestnuts were roasting on the open fire and it was twelve days of Christmas.





American Airline Stewardesses Claire Bullock, Argie Hoskins, Barbara Whaley, and Gerry McMasters decorated for a Merry Christmas on Kerwood Ave. near Santa Monica Boulevard.





Tuesday, November 18, 2014

THROUGH THE CLOUDS with "MORE THAN a TICKET" by Argie Hoskins

 

Trip To San Jose

 

I had the wonderful opportunity to launch my book: More Than a Ticket  Memoirs Flying with American Airlines from Prop to Jet with a former passenger from the historical flight of the Boeing 707 Inaugural Flight from Los Angeles to New York on the 25th of January 1959. 

This is an article from the San Jose Mercury News which appeared several days after the exciting day with Margaret Bassetti. The signing of my book was an event that was both an honor for me and a humbling experience. The book has opened the doors to new relationships with those individuals viewed now as friends.

 
Click to enlarge

Two other former American Airlines stewardess with whom I flew at the same time out of LAX or Los Angeles attended the special day.  Joan my friend from Hawaii and California surprised the day with her arranging a very busy schedule to attend the celebration for Margaret and the signing. Lona, oh, Lona, speaking about turning the memories back. We had flown together out of LAX.  She honored the day, also.

 

I couldn't believe that this cake was baked for the occasion!




Former American Airlines Stewardesses doting over former passenger; we care!


Lona, Argie, Lorraine and Joan 




Former Passenger Margaret and Former American Airlines Stewardess Argie, "once a stewardess always a stewardess."



More Than a Ticket   Memoirs Flying with American Airlines from Props to Jets 

Authored by Argie Ella Hoskins


Cover: The new Boeing 707 Jet. (Boeing gave permission)
This book welcomes the reader with snapshots during the golden age of flying from carrying mail to a time when excited passengers were treated as guests and everyone dressed in their Sunday best to board American Airlines. It is engaging and appreciated.We served the flying public with much, much "More Than a Ticket." We had time to hang coats, learn names, have a conversation, serve a delicious meal and hold babies. You will feel the excitement of times gone by and get a glimpse of how the atmosphere of air travel has changed through the years. The drama of time has created a different picture.

Part one: "My Life as a Stewardess," takes the reader on a journey with a shy country girl to the city, but she is still a country girl as she becomes a confident stewardess serving all passengers, including the rich and famous, making everyone feel at home. How did she do it? 
Part two: "On Wings of Time," features short stories from AA stewardesses, pilots, flight engineers, and passengers. The young and old, casual readers and aviation enthusiasts will be delighted with memoirs.

Stewardess Argie, "Am I cut out for this job?" “They say I am Dyslexic.” "Make friends with your cognitive gifts." (Stewardess on Boeing 707 jet inaugural flight and also did public relations for AA.)

I have dedicated these words with love and respect to my flying friends, an expression of appreciation for the community of American Airlines.

Somewhere in the clouds of time, we met, embraced, and parted. Moments remembered from here to eternity. —Argie 

More Than a Ticket




                                    
List Price: $19.00
Add to Cart





More Than a Ticket
Memoirs Flying with American Airlines

from Props to Jets 

Both casual readers and aviation enthusiasts 
will be delighted with this read through 
the Golden Age of flying from carrying mail, 
and later passengers dressed up and excited 
to board American Airlines. 

Charities to receive % of profit:
The National MPS Society
Acacia Shade, Children with Disabilities in Ghana
Orton Dyslexia Society
National Kiwi Fund 
LDS Humanitarian Fund
"No one has ever become poor by giving."
 — Anne Frank 


Black & White, paperback $19.00
https://www.createspace.com
Amazon
http://www.amazon.com 

Barnes and Noble Book stores and retailers
Ingram 1-615-793-5000 
Libraries and Academic Institutions 

Full color, hardcover $39.00 Make check to: 
Argie's Publishing 589 East Center St.
Provo, Utah 84606 801-373-5355 


Book has 319 pages, 225 pages with photos
 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

BOOK TALK








I do not like to talk about myself. Really, I do not, however I do like to talk about my book:  More Than a Ticket.  And why do I like to talk about the book?  There is not a word in it that is not valued by me.  Every time I wrote text and selected the pictures, I pondered and looked for inspiration to choose the right words and pictures to tell the story. There are themes that run through the book: family relationships, education, employment, validation, patriotism, message to the young, religion, and it is all tied together with the cement of the work ethic.  And as Daddy would say, "Sis, get up and amount to something!"

As you read the book and it becomes your friend, just know that I would like to be traveling where the book goes to also be making new friends. Let me know how you like the book:  argie.ella@gmail.com

More Than a Ticket   Memoirs Flying with American Airlines from Props to Jets 

Authored by Argie Ella Hoskins


Cover: The new Boeing 707 Jet. This book welcomes the reader with snapshots during the golden age of flying from carrying mail to a time when excited passengers were treated as guests and everyone dressed in their Sunday best to board American Airlines. It is engaging and appreciated.We served the flying public with much, much "More Than a Ticket." We had time to hang coats, learn names, have a conversation, serve a delicious meal and hold babies. You will feel the excitement of times gone by and get a glimpse of how the atmosphere of air travel has changed through the years. The drama of time has created a different picture.

Part one: "My Life as a Stewardess," takes the reader on a journey with a shy country girl to the city, but she is still a country girl as she becomes a confident stewardess serving all passengers, including the rich and famous, making everyone feel at home. How did she do it? Part two: "On Wings of Time," features short stories from AA stewardesses, pilots, flight engineers, and passengers. The young and old, casual readers and aviation enthusiasts will be delighted with memoirs.
Stewardess Argie, "Am I cut out for this job?" “They say I am Dyslexic.” "Make friends with your cognitive gifts." (Stewardess on Boeing 707 jet inaugural flight and also did public relations for AA.)

I have dedicated these words with love and respect to my flying friends. An expression of appreciation for the community of American Airlines.

Somewhere in the clouds of time, we met, embraced, and parted. Moments remembered from here to eternity. —Argie 

More Than a Ticket




                                    
List Price: $19.00
Add to Cart





More Than a Ticket
Memoirs Flying with American Airlines

from Props to Jets 

Both casual readers and aviation enthusiasts 
will be delighted with this read through 
the Golden Age of flying from carrying mail, 
and later passengers dressed up and excited 
to board American Airlines. 

Charities to receive % of profit:
The National MPS Society
Acacia Shade, Children with Disabilities in Ghana

Orton Dyslexia Society
National Kiwi Fund LDS Humanitarian Fund
"No one has ever become poor by giving."
 — Anne Frank 

Black & White, paperback $19.00
https://www.createspace.com
Amazon
http://www.amazon.com 

Barnes and Noble Book stores and retailers
Ingram 1-615-793-5000 
Libraries and Academic Institutions 

Full color, hardcover $39.00 Make check to: 
Argie's Publishing 589 East Center St.
Provo, Utah 84606 801-373-5355 


Book has 319 pages, 225 pages with photos
 
 
 
  





Sunday, October 5, 2014

MORE THAN A TICKET MEMOIRS FLYING WITH AMERICAN AIRLINES FROM PROPS TO JETS Book Signing in San Jose, California with Margaret and Argie Hoskins


                                         Two former American Airlines stewardesses based
                                         in LAX in 1959. Argie was showing Lona her name
                                         on the bid sheet.

                                              And there is a dear passenger Margaret from 1959.

                                                   Margaret's niece Lorraine had this cake
                                                   made to celebrate my book:
                                                   MORE THAN A TICKET.

                                                                   San Jose trip.

                                         Passenger on the January 25, 1959 Boeing 707
                                                       Inaugural Flight, Margaret.

                                          Passenger Margaret with two former American Airlines
                                                       Stewardesses: Joan and Argie







                                          Memorial coin from the Boeing 707 Inaugural Flight.
                                          Margaret made it into a necklace to wear.


                                                              Margaret and Argie
                                                     Somewhere in the clouds of time,
                                                       We met, embraced, and parted,
                                              Moments remembered from here to eternity.
                                                                              ---Argie

     If I were to title this response to life, I would call it CHANGE IN FLIGHT PLAN
The Friday before the exciting trip, the car thanked us for a 60,000 mile maintenance check by the Volvo dealer, and it was ready for a road trip to California. I was thrilled to take this touring adventure with Gene; the clothes laid out for my anticipated book signing in San Jose; even the pens that wouldn't bleed on the books. Details all taken with serious intent.
     Followed by a week of madness. It happened! The main water line from street to house decided to tell us that it was old, well it had been under the ground since 1926, old house you know. Expensive! A planned three day doTerra convention and in a spare moment corn to freeze for winter grab detoured the packing. Now! As the suitcases were down and readied for the trip, Lucy Dog and the two cats started to fuss. Stop it! We are going! Then a phone call from my dear cousin announced that they had the opportunity to visit at the same time of our extended trip (San Jose, Los Angeles, Prescott and Vegas.) Oh, no! I want to see Effie! After a round of Doctor visits, I thought we were ready to go. Well, yes, I should freeze the peaches that were waiting to be done. Uh oh! After a trip to the heart doctor, the doc said, “Good to go!” Wow!
     Next Friday with the car packing done, we were ready to drive to San Jose for the signing. I said I wanted to relax and soak in the tub for a moment before we said farewell to our home and animals. Why wouldn't the hot water faucet turn off and why was the tub filling faster than I could dip the water out of tub into toilet! “GENE, turn the main water line off!!” He hurried for tools, out to the curb and down on his knees. Off went the water and out went his back!
     After waiting for someone of fix the plumbing problem. And I call it a problem, not the usual word I use, challenge, our time had run out to make the trip to San Jose by driving. Knowing that an airplane could get us there on time for the Saturday celebration for the book signing, I went for it. (Aborting the trip was unthinkable, considering all the preparatory work that was already well in motion in San Jose, plus travel plans made by two other former stewardesses who were based in LAX at the same time as I, had been invited.)
     Now to get to the airport! And Saturday morning at 3:00 AM, as I went to the garage to get the car out, the sprinkling system was geysering! Then I discovered that the low beam light warning indicator was on! No!
I was determined! It rained big sheets of water all the way to the airport. I missed a turn to the right parking lot, had to circle and land in the right spot. Gene had a difficult time getting to the plane. Back really hurt! We had experienced opposition.
We made it to the plane to find that some dear soul had upgraded our ticket to first class. Tears came to say, “Thank you!”
     Lorraine, the niece of 97 years Margaret who had been a passenger on the Boeing 707 jet Inaugural Flight, met us at the airport. What a rewarding welcome.
Off to the care center for the day's activities.
The Atria Chateau Gardens chef had prepared Inaugural Flight food, with all the trapping of gracious dining. And there was Auntie Margaret! Yes, Margaret with her bright mind, engaging personality, and warm greeting was alive and happy! After meeting her on January 25, 1959, she as a passenger and I as a stewardess on that historic flight from Los Angeles to New York, this current meeting also felt historical. Incidentally, New York had her winter coat on to welcomed us with a band, and interested and interesting people to greet us.
     After the photographers took tons of pictures we went down to the large activity room. “Auntie” Margaret shared with me that Liz Taylor had once recuperated at this facility. The activity director was a lovely young lady who had designed the setting which was astonishing. As we approached the room, I was surprised to see a landing strip positioned on the floor with all the markings created with white tape. A banner which read American Airlines and plane windows to look through. Auntie Margaret walked down the strip with all the guest standing or seated with some of us behind her. Some of us included two other former American Airlines stewardesses whom I invited to join me on this super adventure.   



     We had all been based in LAX at the same time. Lona had been on the New York to London Inaugural Flight and Joan on the Inaugural Flight from Los Angeles to Philadelphia. And I on the Inaugural Flight from LAX  to New York. The room was decorated with American Airlines colors hanging all over the place. So Charming!
     The activity director . . . did an outstanding job with the voices from the 50s belting it out with love in their hearts. And yes, there was Dino with his amazing voice to charm the attentive group for this very special day for Auntie Margaret, made possible by her dear and dedicated niece Lorraine.
     It was so fun for me to sign book after book as I acquainted myself with the care center's friendships and Margaret's terrific family. A reunion which Lorraine had pulled together family not only from California but from Las Vegas and Oregon for Auntie Margaret to enjoy and some of whom she had not seen for years. Can you imagine the hugs of joy! This was so fun for me!
     One of Margaret's friends came over to the signing table after I had spoken a few words to announce that we belonged to the same church. Something that I had said impressed her to ask. Connections everywhere!
     And then to return to Lorraine's lovely home for a delectable meal host by Lorraine and her dear family. Food arranged by the family.... and well you know the Italians, they are so friendly and warm. Loved it!
     Next day Sunday. After another meal at the Green Cow/Sherwood Inn we happily went back to see Auntie Margaret.


      I love that lady! One of my dear former passengers aboard that first transcontinental jet flight with the great company of American Airlines.
     On Saturday, a gentlemen had come to the table wanting to buy a book. They were all gone. It saddened me because he really wanted a book. Going back to Lorraine's home, I dug deeper into my bag and there was another book. So on Sunday I was honored to give a veteran my book: More Than a Ticket, And that moment was more than a ticket. My heart spun out of control as his grateful eyes and heart said thank you. That is what life is all about. Giving! MORE THAN a TICKET
     And cousin Effie and her husband will be here tomorrow for an exciting visit. Plans change and things work out for the better with a peaceful landing.