Monthly Archives: July 2013

SPEAKER TO RECALL CONTINENTAL AIRLINES ‘GLORY YEARS’

Clayton John250The Flight Path Speaker Series continues on September 24 at 10 a.m., featuring John Clayton, former public relations director for Continental Airlines. Clayton’s program, “Continental Airlines: The Glory Years,” will recall the days when Continental  was  headquartered at LAX and was known as “the proud bird with the golden tail.” Continental now is merged with United Airlines.Since retiring from Continental,  Clayton, a South Bay resident, has worked locally in both television and radio broadcasting. He assisted Flight Path during a plaque dedication ceremony earlier this year, providing commentary on the life and achievements of one of the honorees, the late Robert Six, head of Continental Airlines during Clayton’s tenure there.

During his September 24 presentation, Clayton also will recall the years when the Continental hangar at LAX was the destination of Air Force One as the President arrived at the airport.  Clayton was responsible for coordinating news media accommodations for the Presidential arrival and for many other VIP arrivals at the hangar.

“All are welcome but we especially invite Continental Airlines retirees to come and enjoy this program,” said Flight Path President Rowena Ake. “This is a wonderful way to remember the days when flying was carefree and even glamorous.”

Flight Path Board Names 2013 Officers

Rowena Ake of Westchester was re-elected president and board chair of Flight Path for 2013 during a meeting of the nonprofit organization’s board of directors. Flight Path operates an aviation museum and learning center in the Imperial Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.

Ake has served as Flight Path president since 1999. A resident of the Westchester-Playa del Rey area since 1952, she is past president of the Westchester Rotary Club and the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce. Ake is a charter member of the Westchester Vitalization Corp. and holds the coveted Silver Beaver Award for her extensive volunteer service to Boy Scouts of America. Ake was proprietor of a local dry cleaning business for 40 years and more recently has worked as a real estate broker.

The Flight Path Board elected Nancy Niles to the new position of president-elect, designating her to succeed Ake next year. Niles, a resident of Pacific Palisades, previously served as corporate secretary and as airport community relations director.

The board re-elected Robert Acherman of Torrance, Ethel L. Pattison of Manhattan Beach and Vincent Migliazzo of Westchester as vice-presidents, John Garstka of Westchester as chief financial officer, and Jo Ann Hudspeth of Playa del Rey as treasurer. Robert Smith of Hawthorne was named to succeed Niles as corporate secretary. Seymour Kahn of Playa del Rey, retiring after many years on the board, was appointed to the honorary Flight Path Advisory Board.

Flight Path is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the LAX Imperial Terminal, 6661 W. Imperial Highway, Los Angeles. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call (424) 646-7284 or continue your visit here on our website.