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Delta Has Plenty of Time, Reason and Ideas to Save the WorldPort

July 10th, 2013 · 1 Comment

JAMAICA, QUEENS, N.Y. – The historic Pan American WorldPort is not down yet, and the group fighting to save the iconic structure from Delta’s destruction has upped the ante in its come-from-behind campaign to save the building, the interior of which is pictured here (Photo from Josh Stoff, curator of the Cradle of Aviation Museum […]

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Pan Am Just Keeps Coming Back

January 2nd, 2013 · No Comments

MIAMI – The late Sylvester “Pat” Weaver, the innovative NBC president responsible for the Today and Tonight shows, had a saying about Today. It was a show you could not kill, no matter what. Bad hosts, bad producers, off stories, competition..no worries! It was such a good idea that it was self correcting. (Sidenote: I […]

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Braniff Fans Attempt to Save Love Field Terminal

November 18th, 2012 · No Comments

DALLAS – There are few airlines with more pluck and fashion than the late Braniff. Braniff was a Texas-sized operation, with a very important sense of itself and a verve and passion that matched the exuberance and stylishness of the state. With its Alexander Calder painted planes and Pucci-uniformed stewardesses in clear plastic bubble caps, […]

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Pan Am Comes Back – As a TV Show

November 8th, 2010 · No Comments

Portsmouth, N.H. – The Pan Am brand is making a new push at a comeback, with a new TV show from ABC and a revived fashion line. The airline Pan Am died years ago after two successive efforts to revive the airline. Today, it lives on companies as varied as Pan Am Railways and a […]

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Sculptor Milton Hebald and the Pan Am Zodiac at JFK

March 31st, 2010 · 2 Comments

NEW YORK – In the wake of discussion about the possible demolition of the Pan Am Worldport (now Delta’s Terminal 3), there is one key element that has already been removed. The Zodiac Screen sculptures (or sculpture), now in storage, that used to dominate the front of the building. The screen was once the largest […]

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Many Issues Surround Proposed Delta Worldport Demolition

March 29th, 2010 · 6 Comments

NEW YORK – We read in Crain’s New York that the old Pan Am Worldport at JFK might be demolished soon by Delta. The building is one of the great landmarks of aviation, though it has been so abused over the years that few would actually believe it if they toured it. It’s where the […]

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Updates on Rochas, Grumman, GM Dealers and the Pan Am Worldport

March 6th, 2010 · No Comments

Thoughts on some current news items: Proctor & Gamble just released its revived collection of Rochas, under the leadership of Marco Zanini. Proctor & Gamble shut down Rochas in 2006, and brought it back. The Wall Street Journal noted last week that its “nutty wide heels” and such targeted the exuberant woman who wanted to […]

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Sully’s Vintage Airline Commercials

February 4th, 2010 · No Comments

A friend sent us this link of vintage airline commercials that was posted to the Facebook fan page of USAirways pilot Sully Sullenberger. We thought they were a great big fun time waster. North Central http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQFaVy0Kl2Y National http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbWWF7nBV84 Southern http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tgmHGqtDv TWA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RnhwK8Id3Y Southwest http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-g0yOFUlOQ UAL http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPWTcu0yPGs Delta http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBm1YEO4Q_Q Eastern http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xf9sJSvzpqE Western http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RfmRKHtzfFs PSA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOtv1lQ3Sgw Braniff […]

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Companies: Create Your Own Saturday Night Live

November 14th, 2009 · No Comments

Saturday Night Live and British Airways’ new LCY-JFK flight one are two different business ideas illustrating an important idea, namely adaptive reuse.Traditionally, adaptive reuse is applied to historic preservation of buildings. It is a very specific idea; to properly understand it you need to go and read James Marston Fitch‘s seminal book, Historic Preservation. In […]

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National Airlines: The Florida Airline

August 24th, 2009 · 21 Comments

MIAMI – There could not have been a more perfect Florida ambassador, and airline, than National Airlines. When the “Sunshine Airline” merged into Pan American World Airways in 1980, a uniquely Florida institution was lost. Arguably, it was the only airline that promoted a state as its marketing position and achieved national prominence with that […]

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