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Guest Columnist: Connie Sullivan
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Sometimes is is hard to believe that I have been in aviation insurance for 36 years. I just got out of the Air Force when the opportunity came along for me to get my start in this business. I was going to school at the time at Southern Illinois University in the Aviation Technology Division. I was a Vietnam verteran, as was one of my instructors there. Most of the students attending were just out of high school, so I had more in common with the instructor than I did with my felow students.

I was approached one day by an instructor impressed with my abilities in his subject. He asked if I would be interested in an aviation insurance underwriting job. I jumped on my motorcycle and headed over formy job interview, not realizing that a beard, bell-bottom jeans and t-shirt probably wasn't the way to go. I was told it might be a good idea to shave, and put on a propershirt and tie, and come back for a second interview if I was interested in gettng a job there. I said "Sure man, it's only hair."

I came back for a second interview with a proper shirt and tie, clean shaven, and driving my 1965 Corvette Sting Ray. Impressing them with my knowledge of aircraft, they asked me to come back for a third interview.

Well, the third interview went fine and I was offered the job making $500 a month before taxes. This was definitely a cut in pay from the G.I. Bill and unemployment income I was getting, but that, of course, would not be forever and this would get me out from under aircraft and behind a desk.

That was in October of 1973. By 1976 I was making $17,000 a year, and by 1979 about $48,000 and was on my third job living in Birmingham, Alabama instead of the small town I grew up in and loved.

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 SNAP helps low-income people buy the food they need with an electronic card similar to a bank debit card, eliminating much of the embarrassment of using the old food stamps. Zsolt and Geza Peladi have no fixed address and eke out an existence by selling junk they find in the street. But their scavenging days are about to be over. On Sunday February 7, 1932  U.S. Navy Admiral Harry E. Yarnell led an attack on Pearl Harbor to test the defenses. The plan worked so well, the Japanese simply copied it.
Pilots careers are caught in a downdraft these days, as airlines, faced with falling demand for air travel, park planes and lay cockpit crew members off. Because Tiger Woods' wife spoke to police, now she and her husband are the focus of a criminal investigation. It is rarely in your best interest to talk to the cops. Smart terrorists could get through airport security with fake boarding passes and all manner of prohibited items, as the author of this article did with ease.
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In 1938, on the nights of November 9 and 10, rampaging mobs freely attacked Jews in the street, in their homes and at their places of work and worship. The benefits of ferrying bombers over the Atlantic were irresistible, a vital and important job, a chance to fly the latest aircraft, and big pay. But, the risks were colossal. $1.92 will provide a good Thanksgiving dinner for someone less fortunate. Click to learn more.
In 1942, the Czech assassins succeeded in their mission, but the Germans exacted a high price in revenge. The Village of Sleepy Hollow is on the shore of the Hudson River, 25 miles north of Manhattan, made famous by ''The Legend of Sleepy Hollow'', written by Washington Irving. Take a minute and draw a pig. It will tell a lot about you.
The most common deals were truck-for-truck and truck-for-SUVs with only marginally better gas mileage, taking a lot of perfectly good vehicles off the road. Social networking site Twitter has exploded in popularity since its launch, but many think it may be a case of too much of a good thing. The generalization is, all psychiatrists need one.
Had Hitler been successful in his plan to invade and occupy Britain, the world would be very different today, and has been imagined in several books and movies on the subject. Nicholas Cage is blaming his ex-money manager for his financial problems. But insiders say it was Cage who spent his way into big troubles. Have you been miserable lately?  You might as well milk it for all it’s worth, and make everybody else miserable too.
Television turned ''The Wizard of Oz'' from an interesting old movie into something of a secular sacrament. Until color TV in the 1960's, most viewers assumed it was in black & white.
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135 photos were taken in New York City during a reception at the Metropolitan Museum. President Obama has the same expression in every one of them. Addicted? Heck no, I only spend 18 hours a day on the net, and can quit anytime I want. Except, of course, when I need to update my website or look for interesting stuff.
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When United took delivery of its first Boeing 737 in 1968, passengers still donned their Sunday best for air travel and controversy raged over whether flight attendants should be fired for getting married. Located 6 nautical miles off the coast of French Guiana, Devil's Island was a notorious French penal colony made famous by movies and books like ''Papillon''. Is there anything Walmart doesn't sell? Casket prices range from $895 to the fancy 100% bronze model for $2,899.
Canada is a democratic country with opportunities. a beautiful environment, a high standard living, and an outstanding educational and welfare system.  If a homeowner or business fails to secure their wireless, should it be fair game to neighbors or passers-by? Carve your Halloween Pumpkin online by clicking here.
Garrison Keillor with Minnesota historian and family friend Jeanette Clancy on the cover of ''Mother Jones''. Click to send your photo, and they might actually use it. Goal setting is a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future, and for motivating yourself to turn this vision of the future into reality. Competition for oil wealth in this backward country has fueled violence between innumerable ethnic groups, causing the militarization of nearly the entire region by ethnic militia groups and the Nigerian military.
Wondering what to have for dinner? Wonder no more. Although lion hunting has been banned in East Africa, lions are still killed when they attack Maasai livestock. Joshua Norton went to California during the gold rush and lost everything, including his mind.
The notorious New York soup chef, known for yelling at some customers and refusing to serve others, doesn't like Jerry Seinfeld, and hates being called the ''Soup Nazi''. The children's ''Soupy Sales Show'' also attracted an older audience that responded to Soupy's antics. Telling the kids to send him mommy's money got him a week's suspension. Anglican bishop James Ussher published ''Annals of the World'', and arrived at the date of Oct. 23 because most peoples of antiquity started their calendar at harvest time.
 Only the bald eagle gets more press, but the spotted owl was emblematic of a larger, very complex debate over the management of what is commonly called old-growth timber. Still water runs deep. Who would have guessed Marge Simpson would wind-up as a centerfold in Playboy? Every once in a while, you have a slow news day.
The first rule of bartering is not to talk about it. The IRS considers bartering a taxable event for both parties, so the guy in this article may have bragged himself into an audit. Some feel the important papers have already been shredded, and they only have one copy of ''My Pet Goat''. PhantomAlert feeds the locations of speed traps and red-light cameras into GPS devices, warning drivers. Police, who are only interested in safety, are thrilled about this.
Frank William Abagnale, Jr. is an American security consultant best known as a former confidence trickster, check forger, skilled impostor and escape artist. Believe it or not, smoking can be good for you. Does it take you long to come up with that excuse? With one-in-four workers considering sick days extra vacation, it's no wonder employees are so crafty at calling in sick.
The eight-track tape never got a second chance. But things are looking up for instant film. Since minors under the age of 18 may not have a photo ID, there is no way to ensure that the person using the boarding pass matches the name on the pass. Are these actual maintenance complaints submitted by Northwest Airlines pilots and the replies from the mechanic crews? This is from a bar website, you know.
This painting by Stan Murmur is being auctioned for charity. Mr. Murmur has a unique painting method, and was fired from his high school teaching position for using it. Selling today for more than 10 times their original price, the Cub series shows no signs of losing ground. More than 5,500 Piper J-3s remain on the FAA's aircraft registry. Pay cuts, sometimes the result of downgrades in rank or shortened workweeks, are occurring more frequently than at any time since the Great Depression.
About 1 in 4 workers in the U.S. works for the local, state, or federal government, with state and federal jobs often concentrated in metropolitan areas. From health care to Afghanistan, the vice president isn't shy about expressing his opinions or exerting his influence. Monuments are built to commemorate a significant event or celebrate an extraordinary life. But not all of them are heroic paeans to military victories.
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Amazingly, we were taught in school (some were named after him) that this mass-murderer was a great hero.
Of the 500 or so campaign promises made by Barack Obama, only 47 have been kept. Learn if you have the flu by taking this test. In the book ''Frozen: My Journey Into the World of Cryonics, Deception and Death'' the author claims Ted Williams' head was mistreated.
The dual edition commemorates the Brett Bowl, the first game what quarterback Brett Favre dons Minnesota Vikings purple to take on his former team, the Green Bay Packers. Just as in the 1980s, when Betamax and VHS formats battled, the pornography industry played a major role in determining which of the two blue-laser DVD formats won. When Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) asked Federal Reserve Inspector General Elizabeth Coleman where trillions of dollars went, she didn't know.
Using Google News, Newsmap shows the relationships between data and unseen patterns in news. The size of the cells is determined by the number of articles that exist, showing which stories are getting the most coverage. Late night drinking by Mr Yeltsin during a visit to Washington almost ended in an international incident. An equinox happens twice a year, the vernal equinox in March, and the autumnal equinox in September.




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