page updated 2012-10-20
1990s Email Journal
The decade of the 1990s was the most interesting of my life. I started it as a 747 First Officer for an all-freight airline, and became a Captain after a year. Midway through the decade I went to work for Tower Air, a JFK-based all-747 passenger carrier. Tower didn't hire into the left seat, so I had to start over as a First Officer and again work up to Captain. That was okay because my pay rate in the right seat at Tower was more than it was in the left seat at my previous employer.
I was having the time of my life, but a disadvantage of my flying was that I was experiencing many things that my spouse was not. To ameliorate this and to soften the loneliness I felt with being away from home 20 days every month, I started sending detailed emails to keep my wife, Jean—I usually call her C. J.— abreast of what was happening to me. Others learned of these messages and of their content and requested copies. Long story short, in the end I was sending to a distribution list.
When I decided to convert the messages for posting here, I found to my great dismay that my archival system had lost all those before June of 1995. At that point I almost abandoned the project, but finally decided half a decade's worth of entries would be better than none. Plus, if I don't get them to an offsite backup, which this website effectively is, I may lose them.
Other than correcting typographical errors, I've not changed the original text, and I'm determined not to do so even though I now cringe at some of the things I said or the way I said them. So, from time to time—as the spirit moves me—I'll format the remaining messages for html and post them here, starting with the earliest, proceeding to the last.
Text like this is an addition to what I said in the original messages. I found that I rarely had enough time to say all that I wanted to.
Text like this is a correction to what I said in the original messages.
Text like this is a journal note.
The message links below are from earliest to latest from left to right. The date form is yyyy-mm-dd. You will occasionally see a background link that gives extended additional information. Indeed, the very first link is such and tells the situation I was in when the emails pick up in June 1995. The emails run through when I retired in July 1999, but who knows when I'll get around to posting them all—maybe never. It's actually a little painful emotionally to work on this because I still very much miss flying, even though I know that I can't anymore do it legally and probably couldn't handle it physically.