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  1. Debbi Fuller
    April 3, 2015

    LOVE your story Terry! MY little white lie came when I was already hired but had to pass the physical. The Pan Am doctor in DC at the time told me he thought I had heart disease! (I have an audible murmur due to mitral valve prolapse). He had just done an EKG so I asked him how it looked. He said, “it’s perfect but I still think you have heart disease”. I said, ” well since it’s only your opinion and I really don’t care what you think, give me that damn EKG and keep your mouth shut!” I got the paper and he kept his mouth shut and the rest is history! By the way, I have never had any heart problems and am still skiing 3 days a week! We did whatever we had to in order to work for Pan Am!

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  2. Berk adams
    April 2, 2015

    Ui aka vai-vai! This is the only Samoan I know! Let me know what it means, okay? I remember you talking about your plans to fly all over the world with Pan Am when we were just juniors at Kailua High. Funny that I should see you when you flew into Cam Rahn Bay, Vietnam in 1970! You even put the picture I took of you then in the recent “Pan American Clipper Cook Book”. Thanks for the great story of how you made it all happen.

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  3. Sandy McNett Javaras
    April 1, 2015

    Oh Terry, thanks for sharing your story. And as a bonus, I see my first Miami based roommate with Pan Am, Renate nee Godelman Barreras chimed in as well. So many times I have thought of Renate, Elsa and Darlene. Little did we know what wonders were ahead for us. Hugs to all from Sandy

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  4. Linda Toscano-Fountain
    April 1, 2015

    Hi Terry! Here is my Pan Am white out story…
    Ahh, the power of the white out! I had white out save my interview as well. My first interview was actually not my own but a friend of mine who had changed his mind. He gave me his blank application with the scheduled interview at 9:30 a.m. and I showed up at 9:30 a.m. with my application all filled out and when I went to sign in, I very demurely said “there must be some mistake, I don’t see my name here?” The receptionist (who turned out to be the base director) looked at the list, then looked at my application, and then took out the white out and brushed the name written in for 9:30 and filled in my name!! Voila! Pan Am, here I come!!

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  5. Renate Barreras
    April 1, 2015

    I loved your story. Sometimes one has to do something really special to get what one wants. When I lived and worked in Sydney, Australia, I used to work on cruise ships. When I returned to Europe I was luckily hired by Pan Am even though I was just over the top age limit of 25 by just a little bit. My first interview was in London, and then Germany. I got a training date while I was in Austria and I left out of Hamburg for the states. While I was in class in Miami I was telling the girl next to me that I loved American Samoa, especially the hotel and the great bar. A good friend’s husband was Ed Ford the station manager there and in Lagos. I was called out of class and reminded that Pan Am was going to send me to see the world!

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  6. Tommy Carroll
    April 1, 2015

    Terry do you remember the day at your house we had lunch, five of us all Pan Am, except for the FBI. We all told stories of how we were hired. Yours was the best! Reading it again gave me a good laugh on Aprils fools day. Tommy

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