A TWA Memory
Posted October 2, 2003
By Emil Schoonejans
Each day of my 36-year career revolved around what I call "TWA Memory #1."
It was May 14, 1949, and I had answered a newspaper ad by TWA
for an aircraft cleaner at LGA. I was interviewed first by Betty Letcher in TWA's office
complex on the upper level of LGA's hangar #4. After looking over my application, Miss
Letcher sent me down to see Jack Miller, the General Foreman of Maintenance. Jack also
checked my application and then asked, "Since you have an A & E (Aircraft &
Engine repair) license, why are you looking for work as a cleaner; and since you live in
New Jersey, why do you want to travel to LGA every day?"
My answers were: "Because that is what and where the job
and opening exist!"
Jack replied, 'I will start you as an aircraft fueler, and you
can report to Mr. Jerger at EWR."
So, just this one line describes my very first TWA Memory: I was hired, promoted and transferred on the same day.
Emil Schoonejans (1949-1985) worked in Technical Services/Line Maintenance at EWR and LGA.