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Leeann Chin

Leeann Chin

Leeann Chin emigrated to Minneapolis from Guangzhou, China in 1956, the same year I started flying with Northwest Airlines. To my knowledge our paths didn’t cross until the early 1980s when we were both active in the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and MINNWE, Minnesota Women Entrepreneurs. Leeann and I participated as panelists […]


No, not ‘yuk’ as in laugh, ‘yuk’ as in sick. I was able to stick it out through the first episode of “Fly Girls” because I could switch back and forth to PBS to stay anchored to real reality. As far as I can tell, this ‘reality show’ stretches the definition of ‘real’ beyond belief. […]

‘Fly Girls’ plays into airline stereotypes

‘Fly Girls’ plays into airline stereotypes Couldn’t agree more! And alas, the first episode of ‘Fly Girls’ will be carried by my cable provider after all. I guess I have no excuse but to watch at least a part of it, so I can render my own opinion. We all know, however, what that is […]

Oh My, Fly Girls? A Reality Show?

I suppose it had to happen. Check this out. A new reality show called Fly Girls begins Wednesday, March 24, 2010, 8 p.m. on WUCW, Ch 23 in the MSP area. Check TV listings elsewhere. Unfortunately, my basic cable blacks out Ch 23. The show chronicles the lives of five working cabin attendants. Lady Skywriter […]

Salute to the WASPS!

Salute to the WASPS!

Betty Wall Strohfus, Faribault, MN Photo by J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press What a timely follow-up to my last post, a reprint of an article from the NWA NewsLetter of December 28, 1944, announcing the hiring of Florence Kerr as Director, Women’s Division, traffic, promotion and public relations. In the waning days of WWII, Northwest […]

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We’ve Come A Long Way, Baby!

My “other job,” non-remunerative, I hasten to add, is writing and editing Reflections, the quarterly newsletter of the NWA History Centre. While doing research for the March, 2010 issue, I came across this gem in the NWA H.C. archives. The weekly NWA employee newsletter, named “NEWS Letter,” funnily enough, and dated December 28, 1944, featured […]

Tongue in cheek Department . . .

If we don’t laugh, we’ll cry! Thanks to retired NWFA Bob DuBert for this great cartoon.