Daily Archives: June 8, 2014

American Airlines’ “Admirals Club” Turns 75 This Year — Possibly October 15, 2014.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013. .. ...aaadmiralsclub.. .




by Anura Guruge

Related posts:
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As a 1 Million Mile lifetime American Airline AAdvantage member I still receive, by mail, regular updates and promotions from AA though I no longer fly anything like the frequency as used to during two periods of mu life 1985 to 1986 and 1992 to 2000. During those periods I would typically flying every week, usually 3 to 4 days a week — red-eyes back from the West Coast a given. During the first 10 months of 1985, I was in the top 2% of frequent flyers at both American and United.

When I received my May 2014 AAdvantage ‘brochure’ I was surprised to see an announcement on the back page that the Admirals Club was turning 75 this year.

I was busy commemorating, as you might recall, the 50th anniversary of IBM mainframes.

This meant that the Admirals Club, a much beloved second home for me during 1995 to 2000, was older than the IBM mainframes. I had not expected that.

I had thought that the Admirals Club was a ‘recent’ innovation and by ‘recent’ I was thinking 1970s.

As a Marketer I, like so many, think that American Airlines pioneering Frequent Flyer program, i.e., now AAdvantage, was THE MOST innovative customer loyalty program ever. Had assumed, obviously incorrectly, that the Admirals Club came after the Frequent Flyer program — and that was launched in May 1, 1981. [I had to look that up.]

Wow. 75 years. 1939. October 1939 or shortly after — but before 1940.

We just celebrated the 70th anniversary of D-Day. So the Admirals Club predates it by 5 years. Wow. Who would have thought. Who would have realized.

I had to go look up how the Admirals Club came to be in (October) 1939.

It all had to do with New York’s LaGuardia Airport and the man it is named after, New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia (1934 to 1945). I knew that LaGuardia was named after a mayor. Probably had seen a bust of plaque at that airport — which I used to be very familiar with.

Didn’t realize all the politics that had been involved in getting LaGuardia built. Fascinating. Wikipedia has a decent introduction that should get you going. So that was the genesis and impetus. 1939.

The last time I was in an Admirals Club was in 2006. Deanna and I flew to San Francisco — I was doing a presentation at a NetManage sales conference. I used some of my Frequent Flyer miles to get us two first class tickets — back and forth. Since it was classed a transcontinental flight and we were travelling first class we were given complimentary passes for the Club. Deanna was impressed. It was nostalgic for me. I had spent so many DAYS at the Club in Boston — Boston my ‘home’ airport because I invariably flew AA. Frequent Flyer loyalty — and given my ‘seniority’ in those days I could invariably get upgrades for free or for ‘not much’. I was never much for travelling in the back of planes. I had a wife who used to tell folks, partly in jest, “Anu doesn’t know that planes have seats with numbers greater than 6“. That was true. 6 was about my limit. I preferred Row 1 with the added leg room.

So AAdvantage and Admirals Club.

But, I always reckoned that there was a THIRD items of GENIUS by AA in parallel to AAdvantage and Admirals Club.

The stitched BUTTONHOLE in the blue linen napkins in First Class, in my opinion, is UP THERE as sheer genius. IF you ever used them YOU would never forget. The buttonhole enabled you to button it to a top button on a shirt or even a blouse so that it stayed in place. I could tuck my tie behind it. Perfect. Kept the food and the Hot Fudge Sundaes from getting on yours shirt or tie. Not sure that they still have them. I think they still had them in 2006.

But, enjoy. I am a huge fan of AA. We flew AA to Phoenix and back last year when we went to the Grand Canyon.They were very good to us. So I tip my hat to AA and the Admirals Club — and remember, with nostalgia, the blue linen napkins with the buttonhole.

Alton Central School (ACS) N.H. — School Board Meeting Calendar, Another Gem Of Confusion.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013. .. ..... .




by Anura Guruge

Related posts:
>> ACS Administration again drops ball
— May 23, 2014.
>> Not a single proficient piano player in ACS
>>May 23, 2014.
>> Alton’s Funniest Videos — Nov. 18, 2013
>> & Nov. 24, 2013.

++++  Search on ‘ACS’  & ‘Lander’ for many other related posts >>>>

I went looking for the Alton Central (ACS) School Board Calendar to see WHY we are not having a Board meeting till June 16, 2014.

It appears that there are at least two pressing issues that could have done with a Board meeting on the originally scheduled date of June 9, 2014 — to wit: Principal search which appears to have gone off the tracks (most likely due to the Superintendent, William (Bill) Lander, not paying enough attention to this crucial task) and the unbecoming, not to say unnecessary, Prospect Mountain High School (PMHS) JMA shenanigans. Now on top of these two we have a serious bullying incident which I am led to believe will get presented to the Board in Non-Public (of course) session at the next meeting — supposedly on June 16. I might have been given incorrect ‘G-2’ but I heard that the N.H. Commissioner of Education, Dr. Virginia M. Barry, called and talked with the Superintendent on Friday. Well at least, if this is true, there is some visibility of the bullying issue in Concord.

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Have a look at this ACS School Board calendar. You can access it here.

Click to ENLARGE. Use link above to access original -- hopefully updated after this post.

Click to ENLARGE. Use link above to access original — hopefully updated after this post.

I know I am not the brightest bulb in the world and that I get easily confused, BUT what are all those asterisks (‘stars’) supposed to denote. I kind of do understand the notion of using footnotes. So are these supposed to be footnotes — and if so isn’t the ONLY footnote “*     Holidays/Vacation – No meeting”.

So does that make sense?

Why is there an asterisk after “Approved Meeting Calendar subject to change as the need may arise*“.

There is NO footnote after that. So what does that asterisk refer to?

Plus up at the TOP where it talks about prior to and after 7/1/14. Never mind the asterisk — does it make sense. After 7/1/14 they still meet on a Monday @ 6 pm. So that part didn’t change even though the person who typed this couldn’t even maintain consistency between “p.m.” and “pm” across two consecutive lines. This is very poor show. Somebody should show this to Mr. Major the 7th grade Science Teacher. He rips kids for much less. I wonder how HE would grade this ‘paper’.

I fully understand that checking such a document for veracity is way beyond the pay grade for Bill Lander. But doesn’t the School Board check this stuff?

So we have had the ball dropped on the May concert program.

We had the missing picture in the ACS Handbook.

Yes amazes me. Don’t even mention distress.

Malaysian Airlines MH370: Today Is The 3-Month Anniversary, 92 Days To Be Precise And STILL NOTHING Largely Due To Australian Deception.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


by Anura Guruge

Just SOME of the Related post:
>> Maldives & Sri Lanka —
Mar. 15, 2014.

>> 4 hours in air, Sri Lanka, Cell
>> phones
Mar. 13, 2014.
>> Malaysia flight 370:
>> My Thoughts

>>Mar. 10, 2014.
>> Could have landed …
Mar. 11, 2014

++++ Search on ‘MH370‘ for other related posts >>>>

3 months!

92 days!

Nothing. Nada.

No leads. No clues —
and the Australians clueless as ever.

This is a travesty.

This is a tragedy.

That the U.S. is keeping a remarkably low-profile,
despite it being a U.S.-built Boeing,
is rather telling. 


From the unsurpassed, always brilliant U.K. Daily Mail -- from today. Click to ENLARGE. Use link below to access original. You really should. Excellent coverage, as ever.

From the unsurpassed, always brilliant U.K. Daily Mail — from today. Click to ENLARGE. Use link below to access original. You really should. Excellent coverage, as ever.

Click to access original article in the U.K. Daily Mail.

Notice, that my contention of March 15, the area around India keeps on coming up.
That is the most obvious place to look.

So many sightings and nobody will check.

It is criminal.


The poor, suffering families trying desperately to raise
U.S. $5 Million serve as REWARD.

This is beyond the pale.

I have to assume the Australians got 100 times more than that from the
corrupt, duplicitous Malaysians to deceive the World
about the phantom pings.

Amazed that nobody in Australia is even talking about an
investigation into the unprofessional conduct of 
their Prime Minister Tony Abbott in this matter.
Just think if it was the U.S.

Click to access CNN coverage from today.

Click to access CNN coverage from today.

It might have been GENTLY ditched off an Maldives Island.

I have been thinking about that.

Lots of very shallow, very sandy areas just off the Islands.

A pilot could have put down the plane in very shallow water.

Passengers, at that stage hostages, could have just walked out.