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Back when "Flying Was Fun" Alexandra Smythe and Cate Clarke were Flight Attendants with a Major International Carrier. Prior to Private Jets coming into vogue, Alexandra and Cate traveled in the First Class World, meeting and greeting the top celebrities, politicians who would become Presidents, nouveau riche, and yes the occasional Headline Grabbing Criminal in Handcuffs!

What the two ladies viewed and experienced became fodder for the School of Flaunt, so much money, such bad taste and oh those terrible manners. Something had to be done! Hence, The School of Flaunt Handbook was born. Read More

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A Reflection on Muhammad Ali, The Greatest One.

Category: SOF Divas’ Diaries ®  |  Permalink

Published: Saturday, June 11, 2016

A Reflection on Muhammad Ali, The Greatest One.

Manners ... remember to always be minding them.

Author ... Alexandra Smythe

Many, many years ago he was one of my passengers on a flight. I made it a rule to never ask for autographs since I felt it was an intrusion on their privacy and just not respectful. But in this case I decided to throw caution to the wind. A very good friend of mine had been in Nairobi during the "Rumble in the Jungle." The next day after the fight, the newspaper in Nairobi published a full page picture of Muhammad Ali with a title above it in two inch letters saying, "ALI is KING!" My friend purchased five copies of the newspaper. And this was not an easy task since they were flying off of the racks. Why did he purchase that many? Because he wanted to make sure that nothing would happen to just one copy on his way home from Africa. No one was even allowed to read these papers. Note: Always make sure you have a backup when possible! But I digress, after he got home he had the full page framed, put under protective glass and had it hanging in his office. So, now here was the KIng himself on my flight. What a gift I could give my friend, an autograph that he could include with that framed newspaper page. So I approached The Greatest and told him the story and asked if he would mind giving my friend and autograph. He smiled that radiant smile and said, "Of course but I need something to write it on." Thank God that day we still had plenty of TWA writing paper on board. (This was the golden age of flying remember, now you don't even get a pillow!) Muhammad Ali wrote, To Sandy: Peace on Earth. Muhammad Ali and the date. Well, to say my friend was thrilled was the understatement! He had the framed newspaper reframed and added the autograph. Many years later, Muhammad was flying with me again. I thought he might enjoy hearing the story and knowing how special that autograph was. He had Parkinson's badly then and couldn't smile easily but he gave me a half smile and softly said, "Thank you." I was glad to tell him how special that autograph was and how it was still hanging in my friend's office with that newspaper front page from Nairobi. He seemed to be pleased with it too. May you Rest In Peace sir, your pain has ended but you will always be remembered: ."Float Like a Butterfly ... Sting Like a Bee." #Muhammadali #Ali #Floatlikeabutterfly #TheGreatest #fighter #Nairobi

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