Life, Love, and a Hijacking: My Pan Am Memoir is an insightful, hilarious, sometimes seat-gripping look at the adventures of an ebullient flight attendant, who flew for the world’s most iconic airline, Pan Am. With the world at her fingertips, anything was possible…even the improbable. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the read as Wendy Knecht recounts the experiences of her lifetime.
Travel with Wendy as she transforms from naive, frizzy-haired college student into a wined-and-dined, weight-checked woman of the world. After rigorous, eye-opening training and an aerodynamics lesson called PFM, she progresses to rich experiences around the globe. Fly along as she tells stories about a cockpit swimsuit competition, working the world’s longest flight from Los Angeles to Sydney, and all the perks, discoveries, and personal growth that came along the way.
It wasn’t just a party, and world politics were always part of the Pan Am experience. An interview by the Secret Service details a threat on President Reagan’s life, and an assignment in India leads to personal involvement in the shattering, deadly 1986 hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73.
Single until age 47, Wendy’s Pan Am story of her “life of freedom” is thought provoking and peppered with celebrity, adventure, tragedy, and a lot of laughter. Life, Love, and a Highjacking just might empower you to seek your own life’s adventure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Memoir of a Pan Am Stewardess – Really Good!, March 3, 2015
By Lisa Kearns “Lisa Kearns” TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE on March 3, 2015
This review is from: Life, Love, and a Hijacking: My Pan Am Memoir (Paperback)
I grew up in the 60s and 70s, and lived overseas for many of those years due to my father’s job with the State Department. We flew Pan Am almost exclusively, and seeing that blue logo on the airplane tail fin always gave us a jolt of American pride and homesickness. Flying in those days was a much different experience than it is today – everyone dressed up (you never saw passengers in pajamas or dirty sweatpants), and the meal service rivaled that of a fancy restaurant. I can remember my sister and me going up a tiny spiral staircase to play in the “cocktail lounge” on 747s during overnight flights, and I fondly recall that the bathrooms were stocked with real towels, cologne and fresh flowers. We got to know quite a few Pan Am stewardesses over the years, and hardly a Christmas or Thanksgiving went by without having a stewardess or two at our table so they wouldn’t be alone in a hotel during the holiday. Sometimes one of them would bring us things we missed from home – current newspapers, celery, peanut butter, and once some asthma inhalers that were out of stock at the Embassy health unit. I remember that even in their free time they were always well dressed, lady-like and were ambassadors for Pan Am.
I was very sad when Pan Am went bankrupt, and I compare modern airlines (unfavorably) with Pan Am every time I fly. Gone are the days when passengers were treated like valued guests, meal service is gone altogether on most flights, and gone too are most of the friendly, professional and crisply dressed flight attendants. I’m sad that none of my kids were ever taken into a cockpit to meet the captain (during the flight!) and given a set of wings to pin on their shirt.
Wendy Sue Knecht has written a wonderful, entertaining book about her years as a Pan Am stewardess, and I enjoyed it more than I can say. I loved the glimpse she gave me of “the other side of the story” of those elegant, well dressed ladies who served us on board our flights. She added just the right amount of humor, celebrity stories, insider knowledge and anecdotes to keep me up late turning pages until I finished the book.
Some of her memories are sad and sobering. She had personally trained the Indian stewardesses who were hijacked on Pan Am 73 in Karachi, Pakistan in 1986 – an event that left a hundred people wounded and 20 dead. She was also friends with many of the crew on board Pan Am 103, which was blown up over Lockerbie Scotland in 1988, killing 259 on board and 11 people on the ground. Even after these horrible tragedies, she continued to fly for Pan Am, and later for Delta Airlines.
If you like reading memoirs, are old enough to remember Pan Am, or just enjoy a well written book, you will love this one.
I received a complimentary copy of Life, Love and a Hijacking directly from the author. I wasn’t asked to leave a positive review, and I wasn’t otherwise compensated. My honest opinion is that this sincere, entertaining and well written memoir is worthy of five stars.
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless, rare account of the life in the air. Publishers take note. This is what readers want in a memoir., January 19, 2015
By Michael Angliss “MA”
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This review is from: Life, Love, and a Hijacking: My Pan Am Memoir (Paperback)
It is obvious why everyone keeps on giving this book five stars out of five. Great, detailed first-hand account of what goes on with passengers and crew alike in a commercial airliner of an iconic airline. Both a front- and behind-the-scenes look at the lifestyle of the flight attendant; the adventures, the dramas, the technicalities, the myriad diversities of the world in the air, the comedy, the fun, and the fears–and, too, the sacrifices, such as missing family events on the ground at home, and when the author realises she might have died in the hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73, which stands as one of the most brutal hijackings in the history of aviation. Wendy Sue Knecht has a gift for storytelling in a clear and mainstream way. An outstanding memoir which makes excellent research material for anyone who is interested in the air industry, as well as a highly entertaining story. As with all memoirs of this calibre, it is the only one there is of its exact record of certain crucial events in the world–you would be well served to read it to absorb that rareness. Publishers should also pick it up soon, as it’s a hit. Books such as this don’t happen along very often, a fact ensuring it will be a cherished, timeless piece for many people for many years to come.
Review: “Written by someone with intimate knowledge of what it’s like to be around grown-ups with mental retardation, this book will surely resonate among those in that difficult field who often feel that they are the ones who are ‘challenged.’ The book is highly humorous, which is part of its attraction. When working with these individuals, there are laughs in every day, and these happy moments cover up some of the tears and fears that caregivers feel for their fragile, special charges. Kudos to Mr. Grieger.”*
–Barbara Bamberger Scott, US Review of Books (*RECOMMENDED)
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Author Bio: Steve Grieger lives in San Diego, California, where he supervises three community group homes for people with developmental disabilities. He has been a featured presenter at conferences for the National Association for QDDPs and Developmental Services Network, Inc., and is actively involved in the People First self-advocacy movement. His varied accomplishments include chef, screenwriter, playwright and teacher, but he is most proud of his longevity as a caregiver/administrator in the special needs field.
Imagine that the very food you eat and the beautiful carpet on your floors start to make you feel violently ill. Your contact lenses cause your eyes to burn and water uncontrollably. Trace amounts of mold on other people’s clothing cause you to become unable to hold a thought or get it from your brain to your mouth during an everyday conversation.
The life you once knew is gone and you have become a prisoner of unexplainable and severe allergies and sensitivities. In this new life you can no longer shop or visit friends in their homes because there are too many chemicals and fragrances there. You become plagued by one mystery infection after another and no doctor or specialist seems to be able to give you any explanation of what’s causing your terrifying symptoms. Depression sets in and becomes your constant companion as you try to cope with the stress of being sick and of struggling to live within your newfound limitations.
“Allergic to Life: My Battle for Survival, Courage and Hope” is the story of one woman’s journey through a battle to reclaim her life and overcome depression caused by an exposure to toxic mold in her workplace.
Kathryn was a vibrant and active 44-year-old stay-at-home mother of two when she decided to venture back into the workplace. Though she had been out of the workforce for 18 years, Kathryn had always been very active in community events – PTA, school board and the local 4-H club – and was always the first to volunteer to help out friends or family.
Little did she realize that this opportunity for professional growth and financial independence would force her through a never ending series of battles with the medical and legal community, make her a prisoner in her own home, and mire her in severe depression. After workplace exposure to mold caused severe immune system dysfunction, Kathryn’s world turned upside down and nothing would ever be the same. She was forced to give up her most treasured possessions and was no longer able to be the active person she always had been. Relationships were tested and many did not survive. Defeat always seemed close at hand as illness thrust her into a battle not only for independence, but for her life.
Kathryn’s story of self-doubt, loss of identity, and the pain of skepticism – from the medical and legal profession – is a heart-wrenching journey of endurance, hope, and hard-won triumph. Her experience with mold exposure gives her a unique perspective on the physical and emotional effects of mold exposure. Read her story and learn how she was able to overcome these many obstacles to become an advocate for her own health.
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Though she endured a childhood of physical and sexual abuse, nothing would ever equal what happened to her in Iran the weeks following 9/11.Lori, an American married to an Iranian, had been working and living as an ordinary member of Iranian society for almost 4 years when she had heard rumors that the U.S. was going to be attacked. That was on September 9, 2001. She tried and failed to call home and give warning.
The news that all those rumors were horribly true came on September 11th 2001. That was when her husband suddenly announced that they had to go back to the States in case there were repercussions.
On September 12, 2001, Lori and her husband were at the Shiraz bus terminal intending to catch a bus to Istanbul and from there to Heathrow and home to the U.S.A. They were totally unprepared for the convoy of troop carriers that suddenly drove up and the armed men who came pouring out to take the hapless couple prisoner.
There was no explanation offered. The men took Lori’s husband one direction and she another, pushing them blindfolded into the back of the troop carriers with other prisoners, mostly Iranian.
Who the armed men were was anybody’s guess but they took their prisoners to POW camp in unfamiliar territory and there, Lori was held, tortured, raped, and starved with them for over a month. Her husband was not to be seen again.
Lori was rescued with one of her fellow inmates by the girl’s family and, after riding a llama for 1-2 days over mountainous terrain; she arrived at the Iran Immigration center. By then, she weighed in at only 70 pounds, was still suffering from the many injuries she’d received at the hands of her torturers, and wanted badly to get home to her family in the USA. Even then, she had to fight Iranian Islamic bureaucracy to have permission to go, as the husband was unavailable to grant it. In any Islamic country, unknown to many western women, the husband or guardian’s permission is always required for a woman to travel anywhere.
Lori had been married to Mohammad for 9 years and thought she could trust him but, since their arrival in Iran in 1998, his personality and behavior had changed so radically as to make this most recent nightmare highly suspicious.
The events told here are true. It was no coincidence that this American citizen had been placed into a concentration camp. In fact, it raises many questions and should be a caution to many!
From Privilege to PRIDE: Love is the Road
nearly forty years straight with heterosexual privilege, Kristin and Candi
sacrificed their basic civil rights in exchange for true love. They lost their
jobs and many of their friends, but in their struggle to rebuild their lives,
they created a new normal where they lived life on their own terms.
with six children along with the added complication of facing the homophobia
and discrimination that comes from living openly as same-gender partners and
parents. Having lived in both worlds, they clearly saw the distinct contrast
between conforming to society’s expectations and going against the norm.
Hood, MA, is a parent, author, teacher, and grant writer. As such she has authored over $10 million in
grants and coordinated several community service projects that have changed the
lives of many. Candi has degrees in Management
and Organizational Development, Child Development, and Early Childhood
Education, and is a Certified Dyslexia Testing Specialist. After moving to Ohio
and reorganizing her life, she finally settled back in Central California to be
near her family. She and Kristin now live on The Ubiquitous Farm with the two
youngest of their six children and several dogs and cats.
raised at the beach in southern California where she spent more time surfing
than attending school. As an adult she completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology
with specializations in Neuropsychology and Parent Infant Mental Health. She
has a passion for helping others and advocating for the less fortunate and
at-risk populations. After allowing her maternal instincts to lead her down the
traditional path of marriage with children, cancer brought her to her knees and
taught her about living authentically. Now she and Candi are building their
dream project, a philanthropic, organic farm where money grows on trees, feeds
the community, and supports economic development.
Author Bio: I was born on Long Island and have spent most of my life in the greater New York metropolitan area. I grew up with the music of Nat “King” Cole, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, and so many others who were then-headlining the Copacabana. While pursuing a fine art degree at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, I became interested in the history of a defunct “carpet joint” known as Piping Rock. This local casino had played host to the Copacabana floor shows, stars, and Copa Girls for the racing and social season every August in the 1940s and early ’50s. I was delighted by the opportunity to pursue and combine early early musical influences with my historical interests to compile this photographic history.
It was my hope that The Copacabana would bring back fond memories of a bygone night club era and pay homage to the vast wealth of American entertainment that once graced the magical room, three steps up and one flight down, called the Copacabana. My most recent book, Dancing With a Star: The Maxine Barrat Story came about as the result of a friendship that began when the famed dancer attended a Greenwich Village B&N book signing for The Copacabana.
I live in Locust Valley, Long Island, and have two grown children, Katie and Sara, two dogs and two cats.
a concert in Germany, a police officer pointed his gun at Townshend and ordered
him to stop smashing his guitar. Yet in 1989, Townshend reassembled the pieces
of one of his smashed guitars as a sculpture, later featured, during the summer
of 2009 at the Henry Ford Museum.
Bo Diddley died on June 2.2008, President George W.Bush, the United Staes House
of Representatives and an uncounted number of musicians and Performers paid
tribute to him. Mick Jagger stated “We will never see his like again.”
in the army and stationed at Fort Campbell,Kentucky.Hendrix began to sleep with
his guitar to keep it safe and was bullied and on one occasion, beaten.
Becker, Randy Bachman, Marc Bolan, Peter Frampton, Jeff Beck, Ritchie
Blackmore, Bryan Adams,
Fogerty, David Gilmour, “Jimi” Hendrix, Hank Marvin, Jimmy Page, Lynyrd
Skynyrd, Link Wray,
Reznor, Joe Satriani, Lee Mack Ritenour, Steve Vai. The Yardbirds, The Kinks,
The Who, The Troggs, Procul Harum, Al Casey, Duane Eddy, James Burton, Bo
Diddley, The Ventures, and Dick Dale.
of the past five decades.
Men is an overview of a wide cross section of musicians who were instrumental
in the creation of modern popular music and contains their biographies,
repertoire, musical insights, styles and their contribution to popular music.
Bob Morritt was born in Cumbria,England.His earlier years were spent in Penarth,South Wales.He was the youngest member of Cardiff Archaeological Society when his Canadian born father decided to return to his own country in 1959. In Canada ,Bob’s worked for the Toronto Daily Star newspaper .He visited Arizona and promoted recorded repertoire for an Arizonian record company (1963 announced in Billboard Magazine,)he made a promotion tour of both Britain and Europe.He was also invited to Bill Crozier’s ‘Family Favourites’ radio show in Cologne,Germany and sat in with Bill on the program where Bob’s record samples where played over the air.Later at E.M.I.Records in London, Bob’s own acetate recorded in Arizona was reviewed by Roland Rennie on the same apparatus used for the (then new) Beatles recordings as Bob visited the Abbey Road studio,(May 1963).He later joined the Daily Mirror in England and stayed in England until 1971 after a stint with the University of Manchester where he took ‘Prehistory and early Agriculture’ importing his wife Anne to Canada and a new career in the Financial industry (for major Canadian Banks) until he recently retired.Music is is hobby and after writing numerous academic books has returned to his music roots and has just had published ,’Rockin’ in the Desert’ and Guitar Men’ both listed on Amazon and is enjoying what he likes most,his music hobby..
As a young boy growing up in Haiti, author Jean Alexander witnessed a horrendous act—the mass murder of women and children—their lives cut short simply for expressing their constitutional views. Despite the turmoil surrounding his young life (free preview), Jean maintained a steadfast determination to achieve his life’s purpose. Fear My Surrounding is the story of how a boy managed to overcome insurmountable odds in order to discover the reason for his existence.
As the youngest of six siblings raised by his father after his mother moved to the United States, Jean constantly felt out of place. The victim of his circumstances, Jean details how he was fearful of being harmed as he walked to school between enemy lines, often caught in the crossfire and forced to escape from danger by hiding in the bushes. But after twelve years of living in the uncertainty of daily life in Haiti, Jean is finally reunited with his mother in the United States.
As he settles into an urban New Jersey neighborhood with his family, Jean faces new challenges that soon teach him to rely on his inner strength to survive. Fear My Surrounding shares the inspirational story of how one man faced countless ordeals, yet somehow managed to reach his full potential by believing in himself, dreaming big, and never underestimating the power of the human will.
Jean Alexander is an author and a writer whose book “Fear my surrounding” inspires people throughout the spectrum. In his book he entailed his struggles to submit to societies rules and perceptions. And the struggles to face his fear and the world around him. Also the courage that leads to his triumph. A very inspiring book full of suspense that will sure to leave everyone at the edge of their seat breathtaking and moving. The author lives in Maplewood New Jersey currently working on his second adventure. The book is available at Amazon.com or (908)764-9617
the middle of Vancouver Island, on the water’s edge. There are still
reflections off the small lake at the foot of Mount Benson- of gardens and
vineyards and woodland encounters.
dreamscape diary, a backyard inventory of life and death in paradise, and the
desperate pressures that threaten its existence.
deliberately with nature, and the virtues of simplicity, self-sufficiency,
solitude, and silence. Find refuge.
out of 5 stars
September 3, 2012
melange of descriptive natural history,science,lore,and romance by an
intellectual who struggles with ‘whither Mother Earth?’. Not a gulpable book –
should be savored in sips.
doctor gave it all up, to hitchhike around the world.
stopped a little red pickup that took him over the horizon. Like his mythical
hunter companion, Orion, he was on a vision quest, propelled toward the dawn to
have his sight restored.
to discover his Destiny.
Author’s BioLawrence Winkler is an ancient physician and phenomenologist, traveler, mushroom forager, and amateur naturalist. As a young man, he hitchhiked around the world, for five transformative years.His middle age is morphing from medicine to manuscript. He has a passion for habitat protection, including the (hopefully) final repairs on a leaky roof. Westwood Lake Chronicles was his first book.He lives on Vancouver Island with Robyn and Shiva, tending their garden and vineyard, and dreams.
About the Author
Roy Tschudy 62, was born in “Da” Bronx New York and raised in the Parkside projects by a single Mother along with his two sisters Holly and Lennore. At seventeen years of age Roy enlisted in the U.S. Army and served a thirteen month tour in Vietnam. Upon his return from Vietnam Roy enjoyed a long and productive career as a police officer with the N.Y.P.D. Roy walked down the aisle on April 20,1980 with his new bride, Lois, their marriage has produced two children, Dawn Lisa and Andrew Jason. Roy and Lois are the proud grandparents thanks to Dawn and her husband Anthony, of Alexander and Brandon. Now retired for a few years from the N.Y.P.D. Roy is an active member of the Vietnam Veterans Of America Chapter#333 and has served as the second vice president of his chapter. Roy enjoys dabbling in writing and is an amateur artist, he believes that he has been blessed much more than he deserves and is morally committed to help anyone in need if it is in his power to do so. I.L.Y.M.B.F.!
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“We’re calling her Marilyn Monroe.”Those were the words 12-year-old Jane Lawrence remembered when she was asked to head up the up-and-coming blonde starlet’s fan club at 20th Century Fox under the supervision of studio head Darryl Zanuck. Jane was no stranger to movie sets or movie stars, being that her father, Sidney Lipsitch, headed RKO’s legal department. She spent many of her Saturday afternoons at her home with the likes of Robert Mitchum, Lucille Ball, and Ethel Merman, but helping launch the career of one of the world’s most legendary sex symbols was a task beyond Jane’s wildest dreams.
In author Tony Jerris’ new book, “Marilyn Monroe: My Little Secret,” he explores Jane’s working relationship with the actress and how it developed into a special friendship that lasted right up until Marilyn’s untimely death on August 5, 1962. Told in Jane’s voice, this is a story of an elderly woman reflecting upon on her fondest memories of the blue-eyed screen goddess and how she became a confidante of sorts, who Marilyn used to call “My little secret.”
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