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Groovy Friday – Miami Go Go (again-gain)

Who doesn’t love the golden age of air travel? No TSA . No naked body scans. Just suits, ties and dresses instead of sweats, flip-flops and yoga pants.

It’s Friday!

Although it isn’t yet summer by the calendar, Memorial Day is behind us and in the USA, summer is here. Let’s kick the season off with a Groovy Friday Summer Re-run.

Who doesn’t love the golden age of air travel? No TSA . No naked body scans. Just suits, ties and dresses instead of sweats, flip-flops and yoga pants.

And stewardesses. Not flight attendants. Stewardesses.

Not much to say about this clip. In fact, the first time I posted it, I said nothing about it at all. I recently did some quick research at the U.S. Department of Transportation site and learned that the average domestic airfare in 1965 was $34.13.

Bear in mind, that’s the average of all domestic flights. For comparison, in 2014 (the last year for which statistics are available) the average domestic airfare was $124.54

Now you know.

Have a groovy weekend!

Groovy Friday extras!

During the golden age of air travel, Continental airlines went with the slightly naughty slogan, “We really move our tail for you.” Here’s that slogan set to music in a great example of a classic advertising jingle. Airlines don’t have theme songs anymore and I think that’s sad.

And here’s another Continental advertisement showing off their new wide-body DC-10s, featuring a first class pub with Pong and 40 year old Buster Crabbe “Flash Gordon” serials. It’s worth the extra thousand dollars!

That’s actor Nicholas Hammond as the male spokesperson. You may know him as Friedrich, the eldest Von Trapp son in a film called “The Sound of Music.” He also played Peter Parker in the short-lived 70s television series “Spiderman.”

Finally, one last commercial from the now-defunct Continental Airlines, a time when airlines treated you as a customer and not just cargo.

André Dupuy

Andre Dupuy is the youngest of five children, a fourth-generation Californian and he knows how to drive a Model-T Ford.