|The 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’s Speaker Series, so well received in 2011 and previous years, will continue in 2013 with a schedule of new programs. Speaker Series programs are open to the public. Admission and parking are free.