Airport 1970,

Minute 125: Everything but Read

January 20, 2017

Guest Host: Peter J. Regan

If you’ve ever stayed in a hotel with the new name of the hotel written on a bedsheet and draped over the sign with the old name of the hotel, thank Peter. He’s a long-time veteran of the hospitality resort industry, and makes sure your hotel experience is something to rave about on TripAdvisor. When he’s not complaining about the size of the bath towels, he’s expounding on what’s wrong with movies. Mark and Jim have known Peter since high school, and he’s always been like this. Except for the bath towels part. That’s new.


The 707 , at full power, lunges out of the snow drift. Patroni maintains a firm grip on the throttles.

Mel opens the door of the MelMobile, standing up to watch the 707 drive onto Runway Two Niner.  The Conga Line comes to a halt as the 707 rolls down the runway. Patroni steers the 707 to a taxiway and idles the engines.

Rollings smiles. “The instruction book said that was impossible.”

“That’s one nice thing about the 707,” says Patroni, pulling a wet, chewed cigar out of his mouth. “It can do everything but read.” He tosses the cigar over his shoulder.

Meanwhile, Mel fires up the MelMobile, and drives away from the lighting truck.

“Light up Two-Niner,” says Doug, in the Lincoln Tower.  The lights go on.

Mel picks up the microphone. “Obstructing aircraft removed from Runway Two-Niner. I’m inspecting for debris.”

“Roger, standing by,” says Doug.

The MelMobile scoots down Runway Two-Niner, its searchlight scanning for debris.

In this minute

George Kennedy as Joe Patroni
Shelly Novack as Rollings
Burt Lancaster as Mel Bakersfeld
Jean Seberg as Tanya Livingston
John N. Denend as Doug



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