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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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Jerry Buss

Category: SOF Divas’ Diaries ®  |  Permalink

Published: Monday, February 18, 2013




"Jerry Buss"


When the Pan Am TV series was on I would reminisce about my years of being a flight attendant since that show gave me numerous flash backs to those days. But it doesn't take a TV show to do this. It was just announced that Jerry Buss, owner of the Lakers, has been hospitalized with cancer and I had a flash back to a particular flight.

Here is the story:

It was just another day in a flight attendant's life. We had a full load of passengers and knew we were going to be very busy. Of course this was in the days when flying was a little more glamorous and lots of real food was served. But then I digress.

We finished our first class service and the passengers were relaxing now watching a movie. My flying partner and I were relaxing too, if you want to call it that. We were both sitting on large metal boxes that held supplies such as soft drinks, wine etc. We would pull these out of the galley and put a pillow on top of them. Yes in those days we had pillows for our passengers! Ah so comfy but that is what we had to do if we wanted to sit!

Well, who appears in our luxury suite (Yes I'm being sarcastic) but one of our passengers with drink in hand. In those days (pre-911) passengers could get up and stroll around without the flight attendants telling them to sit down all of the time!

And yes in those days, the passengers loved talking with us and we even liked talking with them. Something that I noted has completely gone by the wayside in aviation now! But let me continue.

We had a passenger manifest and would also take names in first class. We had not noted anyone of movie star power etc. It just seemed to be your usual group of business men in first class.

So here we are the three of us chatting away when the Flight Engineer comes out of the cockpit to, yes use the lav. He looks over at the three of us and has a rather quizzical look on his face. Nothing was said and frankly it was a very quick glance.

My flying partner was a real kidder and loved bantering with the passengers and this man was now open prey so to speak since he was in our luxury suite. We were all laughing and teasing one another. In fact I remember her telling this man, "Hey don't bad mouth your first wife if you want to get another date. Women don't like it when you badmouth the first wife." And of course we all laughed!

So approximately 15 minutes had passed and I excused myself and went up to the cockpit to see if they needed anything. The Flight engineer says to me, "Is that Jerry Buss who you are talking too?"

Moi: "Who is Jerry Buss?"

Flight engineer rolls his eyes and says, "never mind!"

Not being particularly interested in continuing the conversation I left the cockpit, got the passenger manifest and resumed sitting on my metal box with my new friend and my flying partner.

I look at the passenger manifest and there was no Jerry Buss on it. (Sneaky little devil was flying under an assumed name.)

So quite casually I say to this man, "Are you Jerry Buss? The flight engineer asked me. And if you are, are you a famous director or producer that we should know? " (We were flying from JFK to LAX so Hollywood would have been a good guess.)

He looks a little like a deer in headlights now and says nothing. But I'm not ready to let him off of the hook. "Oh come on, who are you? And are you famous?" Of course my flying partner now is chiming in and saying, "Yeah, who are you? And who is Jerry Buss?"

After a few minutes of continuing harassment on our parts about his identity he finally said, "Well, yes I'm Jerry Buss." You know where this is going. "So you are Jerry Buss. But who is Jerry Buss?"

He finally says and I might add sheepishly, "Well, I own the LA Lakers, The Forum and the LA Kings." At which point my flying partner says, "Jerry, I'll just repeat this one more time. Remember now just because you have money and hang out with rich athletes you still can't bad mouth the first wife."

I thought the guy was going to fall over laughing now!

Anyway, Jerry was a really nice man! I have just learned that Jerry passed away today, Rest In Peace.

Great memories, thanks Jerry!



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