Airport 1970,

Minute 078: Guerrero, D.O.

November 16, 2016

Guest Host: Chuck Goldstone

Chuck Goldstone is an author, humorist and is assumed to have written THIS BOOK IS NOT A TOY: FRIENDLY ADVICE ON HOW TO AVOID DEATH AND OTHER INCONVENIENCES, which the prestigious St. Martin’s Press claims sold at least a few boxes of books. As a commentator and radio pundit, he was heard nationally on Marketplace for a decade and has appeared regularly as a guest on CBS Radio Boston. His humor-stuffed websites include and In the real world, he has helped organizations from global giants to scraping startups tell their stories more persuasively. He recalls seeing Airport the first time on an airplane. But maybe it was On Golden Pond.


After getting yelled at by Bert Weatherby, Peter Coakley looks at Tanya.

“I’m sorry, Mrs. Livingston, that he got made at you,” says Coakley. “It was all my fault.”

“Never mind,” says Tanya. “He’ll get over it.” Tanya turns and looks at her desktop. “The man was one of the last to go aboard, so he probably was on that bus that was late.” She picks up the phone and dials a number.

The screen splits, and a man looking at a clipboard answers. “Reindel,” he says.

“John,” says Tanya, “this is Tanya Livingston. Do me a favor, will you? Read me the list of passengers on Flight Two who came out on the bus.”

“Yeah, hang on a minute,” says John. “I’ve got it right here.” He picks up another clipboard.

“Never mind the women,” says Tanya. “Just the men.”

“Okay,” says Reindel. “Rathbone, Marcus J. — Bonnelli, Luigi — Guerrero, D.O. — Yates, Robert…”

Meanwhile, in the airport cafeteria, Harry and Mel are paying their bills at the register.

“She stood us up, that’s all,” says Mel.

“I hope that’s all,” says Harry. A pocket phone pager buzzes.

“You, or me?” asks Mel, reaching for his jacket pocket.

“You,” says Harry, waving his own pager. Mel presses the cancel button on his pager and picks up a phone at the cashier’s stand. He dials a number.

“Bakersfeld,” says Mel.


In this minute

Jean Seberg as Tanya Livingston
John Findlater as Peter Coakley
Burt Lancaster as Mel Bakersfeld
Lloyd Nolan as Harry Standish
Quinn K. Redeker as John Reindel



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