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ATHENS GREECE

On my first trip to Athens, which I believe 
was June 1972, none of the crew luggage 
was put on the plane. That night ONA treated 
us all to dinner at the Athens Hilton.  

It was a feast. From dinner several of us 
went to the bar on the top floor. 
The Acropolis was illuminated and I remember 
standing at the window hardly believing I 
had escaped the pink-collar world of work 
in New York City. My souvenir from that 
trip was a beautiful gold round ring that 
still makes me smile every time I open 
my jewelry box. 

The longest trip I remember first landed 
in Athens (from the US), then went to 
Frankfurt, then London and finally 
returned to the US. We were weary, 
yet still had our lipstick on and our 
hair combed. (The overtime pay from 
that flight was great.) After that, 
I never left home without some spray 
cologne in my carry-on bag. 

Do you remember circular rainbows 
off the nose of the aircraft?

FAR EAST - JAPAN

I just loved the Far East! 
On one trip to Japan, we bought 
wonderful pastel aprons that the 
mamasans wore over their blouses. 

Mary 1973 in her Tachi apron
I, instead, used the apron as a blouse, sans bra, and was laughed out of the market by the mamasans. They were gesturing, laughing and telling us “no, no.” There was so much to see. I didn’t sleep on my first trip to Japan but ate, shopped, showered, ate again and happily got back on the airplane to work.
Pam Baughman Eaton and Mary Jane Seery Talbott


Vacation to Egypt with Pauline Horton Bagdonas...Luxor
A camel ride in Egypt... Pauline & Mary Jane

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ONA DOCUMENTATION





ONA DC-8 N1976

Stewardess Negotiator´s Report 1


Stewardess Negotiator´s Report 2


Stewardess Negotiator´s Report 3


MARY JANE SEERY TALBOTT


Mary Jane Seery Talbott,
Arnelle Pappas Meyer,
Pauline Horton Bagdonas

I graduated from Overseas National Airways 
DC-8-63F Flight Attendant Initial Training 
in April 1972 and was based out of New York. 

Although I don’t remember all of my classmates, 
Pam Baughman Eaton, Pauline Horton Bagdonas, 
Arnelle Pappas Meyer, and Joyce Olson were 
among the group. It was only about a year 
that I flew with ONA, but the memories have 
lasted a lifetime as has my friendship with 
Pam. 

I never had a class picture and am not sure 
one was taken.  Names have faded, but good 
memories remain. In looking at some of my 
old photos, I think someone should have 
called the fashion police.
 

VIETNAM

My first trip to Vietnam was the hardest. I was sent to the bottom of the stairs to say goodbye to the soldiers leaving the plane. It was dark and I was glad because it was hard to keep from crying. “Enjoy your trip” and “Thank you for flying with us” seemed ridiculous. With a smile, I settled on “See you on the way home.” We went back to Japan in an empty plane that night. The next trip was joyful, at least until we arrived. We were ferrying the plane to Da Nang Air Base (I think). Just before landing, the captain announced that there had been shelling near the field. We took our seats and my eyes were glued to the windows watching for puffs of smoke. It seemed we came in fast, or as I would learn years later “hot.” When we got off the plane, a few very polite airmen offered to show several of us around the base. We took off in a jeep and enjoyed the wind in our faces and a tour of the tower. When we returned, we caught hell from the captain. But it was the good-natured kind of hell that is tempered with a smile. The trip back to Japan that afternoon started with thunderous cheers and clapping as the wheels left the runway. That was my VIP flight and we only had milk and soda to serve!

An ONA Globetrotter

Paris, London, Malaga, Osan, Frankfurt (too many times), Tachikawa, Hawaii, Quam, Anchorage and Bangor all provided funny and wonderful memories. Even a somewhat pathetic Christmas Eve in a Chicago hotel with the crew decorating a plant with pretzels remains a fond memory.


Honolulu Airport

MARY JANE TALBOTT -
US AIR FORCE



Mary and Neil Talbott
One of ONA’s gifts to me was the 
ability to talk to anyone, 
regardless of rank, position or 
title.  I do believe it was for 
this reason that in future years 
in the Air Force, even as a low 
ranking enlisted person, 
I was selected for lunches with 
visiting generals and commanders 
and to serve on the 
Korean-American Friendship team 
at Kunson, AB.  

I went on to enlist in the Air 
Force in November 1973 and there 
I met my husband of 37 years, 
Neil Talbott. We were both 
commissioned after graduating 
from college and served in a 
missile wing. He was a missile 
crew officer and I was a missile 
maintenance officer, in fact, 
one of the first female missile 
maintenance officers in the 
Air Force.  In 1992, I earned 
my private pilots license and 
loved every minute of flying. 
We raised a smart, beautiful, 
independent, creative daughter, 
who is now married and lives 
in New England. 

As the years passed, I earned a 
master’s degree and, once upon a 
time, almost finished a doctorate. 

We’ve been in Colorado for over 
15 years, and I retired from public 
health in 2009. 

The 25th anniversary film created 
for the Air Force included that 
often heard saying, “Life isn’t 
measured in moments of breath 
but in breathtaking moments.”  

I think then, I should be 100 
for all the breathtaking moments 
I have experienced. I’d love to 
attend the next reunion in the US. 

I’ve posted a few pictures and 
hope folks can fill in some of 
the names.  Arnelle and Debbie, 
best wishes on your book…
I promise to buy a copy.

Fondly,
Mary Jane (Seery) Talbott
nmctal@msn.com


Paris France

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