|Photo Courtesy of New York State's official Website|
|Photos Courtesy of Curbed New York|
Fond memories come to mind as I browsed through photos of the abandonded center.
Back in November of 1967 I attended a two-week TWA sales rep training program in a JFK airport area hotel. One of my classmates, Mark, and I decided not to spend our weekend break at our respective homes in Los Angeles and Cincinnati. Instead, on Friday after class we left the hotel for TWA's terminal, vowing to take the next domestic flight out no matter where it went (excepting our hometowns). Yes we were willing to spend the weekend in Cleveland or Pittsburgh if the next departure was to one of those destinations.
As we rushed from the hotel courtesy car into the TWA terminal the mounting suspense was almost unbearable. Approaching the front information desk, we looked up at the large Solari board
Most passengers and visitors that toured the center were unaware that there was a special private VIP lounge behind the ticket counter which stocked complimentary booze and snacks. Jackie Onassis was the last VIP I remember seeing there.
I'll also never forget the long delays at JFK during an air traffic controller slowdown. We were 69 in line for takeoff, but fortunately I was sitting in first class as our Boeing 707 crept along the taxiways for two hours and forty minutes prior to takeoff. During that time, we had drinks and dinner while taking in a movie. In 1970 it was from JFK that I worked my first flight-to Los Angeles--as a DCS. That was the start of an exciting four years working aboard TWA's domestic and international wide-body jets. I can't wait until the day when I can walk those halls at the JFK flight center again, but this time it will be as a guest not an employee.