Pat Shingleton: "Getting Home and D.B. Cooper..."
Some of you may identify with transportation needs during our college days. We would load a car with as many as possible for the trek home. At Gannon University, Marty DeRose was the wheel man, transporting our fraternity brothers to Meadville, Ellwood City and Beaver Falls, PA. We left Erie on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving in 1968 with clouds and light flurries. By the time we hit Meadville we also hit the "snowbelt" and a full-blown blizzard. Marty made the deliveries in time to make it to Duffy's Tavern where Little Joe was bangin' out tunes for a couple hundred college kids. Thanksgiving Day was mud or snow football and those great smells emanating from Shirley Shingleton's kitchen. Wishing you and yours safe travel and a Happy Thanksgiving. Here's another item... on Thanksgiving Eve, 1971, travelers were inconvenienced because of one passenger.Over the Pacific Northwest, D.B. Cooper opened the aft door of a Northwest Airlines Jet and jumped into a sky filled with cold, freezing rain. Earlier that evening he handed flight attendant Flo Schaffner a hijacking note, opened a brief case to reveal a battery and wired red tubes. He demanded four parachutes and $200,000 in twenty dollar bills to be delivered upon landing in Seattle. All passengers were released, the plane refueled and took off. He ordered that the cabin not be pressurized. On Thanksgiving Day, 1971, the rugged Washington State forest was extensively searched and to this day, D.B. Cooper or the remains of D.B. have never been found.
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