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American Airlines In Astro Color

There’s absolutely no info on this groovy film on the ‘net so I have crafted one of my patented slightly factual, mostly made up but pretty plausible sounding explanations. In the 60s air travel was still quite expensive so only wealthy people did it and they tended to travel mostly for business. In order to expand the market to travel for pleasure, American Airlines made this little feature to show the idle rich that flying could be fun! I have no idea what the song is or who’s performing but I’ve been humming it all day.

The one article I looked at said air travel became affordable for the Average Joe in the 70s. I know no one in my family ever got on a plane until the 70s. Well, no one except my Beautiful Uncle when they sent him off to Vietnam. The same Beautiful Uncle is the “star” of my very last celebrities in airports story. I wasn’t even there but it happened in my family so I’m claiming it.

This is a picture of the music group The Fifth Dimension:

The Fifth Dimension

The Fifth Dimension

See that big handsome guy with the beard on the far right? His name is Ron Townson and back in the 70s my Beautiful Uncle was a dead ringer for him. My uncle was also quite the ladies man so when a very attractive woman walked up to him in the San Francisco airport and asked if he was guy from The Fifth Dimension, he did what any self respecting ladies man would do and he answered “Why yes, as a matter of fact I am.”

The problem was that other people overheard the exchange and suddenly he had a crowd of folks all wanting his autograph. Since he was already committed to the story my uncle grabbed a pen and started signing stuff. He says he gave about 20 autographs that day. My uncle had no idea what Ron Townson’s name was. He just signed his own name to whatever people put in front of him. I wonder how long it took those people to realize the autograph was bogus. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were still a few cocktail napkins pressed into scrapbooks out there signed by the world’s most famous building superintendent!

Beautiful Mind’s Beautiful Livelihood

I’m a sign language interpreter. I’ve worked in all sorts of corporate, community, academic, and entertainment situations. You name it, I’ve probably interpreted it. The biggest thrill of my professional career so far was probably the time I got to interpret for one of my all time heroes, Dr Maya Angelou (she did not have a tantrum). I’ll never get rich but I’m lucky to say I have a career I still love after nearly 20 years.

I was going to post a different tune today but one of my new friends on Twitter posted a link to a Johnathan Coulton song performed in sign. It may not be the best American Sign Language performance on the web but the song is cute and funny and the guy ain’t bad. Let’s enjoy “Re:Your Brains” in Zombie Sign Language!

Like I said I’ve been signing a while and I may not be the best interpreter in the world but I’m pretty good. Still the thought of some jobs scare even me. For example, every night of my professional life I drop to my knees and say a silent prayer that I will never ever EVER be called upon to interpret “Convoluted Man!”

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