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Minute 056: See Rome and Die

October 17, 2016

Guest Host: Victor G. Faggella, P.E.

Vic is a licensed Professional Engineer, Home Inspector and soon to be one of the first to get an FAA Airman Certificate to fly his drone commercially under the new Part 107 rules.

Vic is a self-proclaimed geek who is an avid movie fan and loves action, comedies and Sci-Fi genres. He also loves to read Scientific American and Air & Space, and is into metal working/welding in his spare time (whatever that is!).


Mel’s just taken responsibility for an $8 million aircraft. He’s worried, but Patroni tells him to go get Joe the cigars Mel’s promised — for when he gets the 707 out of the snow.

Back at the terminal, the Trans Global shuttle bus has finally arrived.

“Your attention please,” says the Gate 33 gate agent, “Trans Global Airlines’ The Golden Argosy, Flight Two nonstop to Rome, is now ready for boarding. All passengers holding confirmed reservations, please proceed to Gate 33, Green Concourse D.” He repeats the announcement in Italian.

Ada Quonsett listens attentively while Peter Coakley reads a magazine.

“Oh, Rome, ” sighs Ada. “The Coliseum, the Sistine Chapel… the Catacombs. My dear late husband and I always planned to visit there. ‘See Rome and die,’ he always said. But he died, just when we were packing.”

“Aw gee, that’s too bad,” says Peter Coakley.

“Yes,” says Ada, “So near, and yet so–”

In this minute

George Kennedy as Joe Patroni
Burt Lancaster as Mel Bakersfeld
Helen Hayes as Ada Quonsett
John Findlater as Peter Coakley



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