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the next several months of flying!" But isn't that always the way? Russ never when back to copilot all the way to retirement. Russ continues, "All this time I was drawing and cartooning various activities in the airline. I was elevated to instructor pilot at JFK for a year then went back to the line. There was a speakers' program involved and since I am a natural 'B/S" artist, I volunteered. About this time the pilots instituted the ` Go ' program since the company was in trouble financially (Weren't we always in trouble?)." In 1972 it was back to college in night classes until finally, as he puts it, he earned a BA in Fine Arts in 1975. A series of cartoons he drew for Dixon's retirement party in 1978, all neatly framed, were entitled: "The Captain as Seen by — his wife, the copilot, the FAA, the Flight attendants, etc. Russ says the theme was an old one, but his drawing and interpretations were all original. The drawings hang in a place of honor in Bill's apartment in San Jose, CA, and with copies at his late son's. Russ's final trip was to Munich, with a stop in Brussels, in March 1988 on a Lockheed 1o11. His favorite aircraft was the 747, which he flew mainly in the summer on international because, as he succinctly states, "I was too damn junior to fly it year around." In retirement, Russ has become involved in the computer age and all that goes with it, such as digital cameras, scanners, and graphics. He reports that he still skis and sails, but the old body is starting to break up (a familiar story to all us old pilots), but that he will never give up his art work.

Last night while I lay sleeping I died or so it seemed then I went to Heaven But only in my dreams

"We can't have people like you up here; your life was full of sin." Then he read the last of my record, grasped my hand and said, "Come in."

Saint Peter himself met me there at the Pearly Gates He said, "I must check your record, so stand right here and wait."

He took me to the Big Boss, saying, "Take and treat him well. He worked for TWA, Sir, he's had his share of Hell!"

"I see where you drank alcohol and swore quite often too. Fact is, you 've done many things that a good person shouldn't do."

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Magazine of TWA Active Retired Pilots Assn.

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