Holder of the ONA Super Wings Gold Elf Award for magnificent contributions to the ONA Crew Web


AMAZING ONA CREW! MEET NANCY NEIL! AMAZING ONA CREW! MEET NANCY NEIL! AMAZING ONA CREW! MEET NANCY NEIL!

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NANCY OFF TO
JAMAICA!


Ishtar Gate
The Hanging Gardens
of Babylon

Epic of Gilgamesh


The Burney Relief Queen
of the night, ca 1950 BC


Queen Alia Int´l AP
Amman, Jordan

KING ABDEL AZIZ INT´L AIRPORT
JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA


Lawrence of Arabia spent
his pre-war years in Syria.

SEMIRAMIS
SUMERIAN LANGUAGE
AL HILLAH - BABYLON
EUPHRATES AND TIGRIS

NANCY NEIL FUJARZYK
The Flight Attendant / Historian

When I was flying for ONA, I 
always choose the Hajj flights. 
North Africa and the Middle East 
were my favorite destinations. 
My last flight for ONA was 
October 1977, my base was Kano,
Nigeria. The capital is Lagos, 
Nigeria.We were flying Muslim 
pilgrims to Mecca. 

Kano is located in the north. 
What a place! We certainly didn't 
stay in a Hilton or Radisson.  

We stayed in a small green motel 
with large, friendly lizards.  
ONA gave us pills to prevent 
disease and bottles and bottles 
of fresh water before we left NY 
and the place was so amazing. 
 
Nigerians imported their labor. 
The Italians worked in the oil 
industry, the Lebanese were the 
merchant class, and security was 
provided by tall slender black 
men with aquiline features: 
 
they wore long flowing blue robes 
(the exact color of the sky) and a 
dagger at their waist. WOW.  




Nigeria´s third biggest city Kano
Kano online
I met a man there whose entire chest was scarred. He was an Arab and looked like Lucifer. So many images come to mind when I recall this time: sitting on a river bank, feeling sad, talking with a friend and I turn my head. There, I see a man driving a donkey cart loaded with hay along a pathway. And I think, this could be anytime in history. It wasn't 1979, it was AD79, or the year 1030 or 512BC. This is the attraction for me. To transport oneself in time. After that, I bid to be laid off for the winter months and began a BA program in Middle East Studies and filmmaking at New York University. Bruce Willis compares filmmaking to childbirth CANDID IMAGE PRODUCTIONS My desire was to return to the Middle East and tell their story and show the landscape. At the time nobody knew about that part of the world, except for Israel. And I thought it so beautiful. Now, everyone is afraid of the people and the land. I had wanted to live in Damascus as my home base but the more I learned about Islam and politics, the more hesitant I became about fulfilling that dream. While I was studying at NYU, I was given a fellowship to study in Syria and Jordan as a guest of the governments with 8 other students and a professor: we studied Roman City Planning and the Archeological Method as it Applies to Historical Research. We lived in actual archeological sites: a roman coliseum, an arab castle, a fort, a private home. While in Aleppo, we stayed in the room where Lawrence of Arabia stayed. There is a plaque on the wall above a desk where he presumably wrote.



Mesopotamian Lilith
Painter John Collier
BEYOND POLITICS
THE GODS OF MESOPOTAMIA

Brian van Handel
I found some of my pictures 
from the ONA days. Back then 
I seemed to have a camera stuck 
to my eye more often than not.
 




Here's a photo with Nancy Neil and Winnie O´Neil. We had the day off and hired an Arab taxi driver to take us out to the desert near the Red Sea. He showed us how to catch a camel. I wonder if Nancy and Winnie remember that?! I sure do.


Sheraton Lagos Nigeria,

Mecca worshippers
A supplicating pilgrim at
Masjid Al Haram, Mecca, the
mosque which was built around
the Kaaba (the cubical building
at center). Thousands of pilgrims
walk around the Kaaba in a counter-
clockwise direction.



Nineve, ancient Assyria

HOTEL CONRAD, CAIRO EGYPT

Roman Amman Kingdom of Jordan
Antiquities of Iraq
by Nancy Schultz Neil Fujarczyk

Nancy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Middle East History
and Filmmaking at NYU
Read about Nancy´s passion for archeological
history and the ancient Middle East.

In 3100 BCE, the land between the 
Tigris and Euphrates Rivers was known
as Mesopotamia. The name Iraq was
used from the time of the Arab 
conquest in 632 AD.

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