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   Vol. 21 No. 34
Monday September 12, 2022

Queen Elizabeth Alone In Splendor

Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth And The Lady in the Harbor
     Now, as the world mourns the death of Queen Elizabeth II, we recall a singular person we've been aware of since 1953.
     We settled in the New York City borough of Queens moving from Toledo, Ohio, in 1953 the same year Elizabeth became Queen.
     So one way or another, it's been Queens and the Queen a million times.
     In our capacity as reporter at a newspaper serving JFK International in Jamaica, Queens, our airport life began in 1971.
     We have some memories of royalty visiting the airport.
     Recall Prince Charles, now the King of England, on a mission for BOAC, today British Airways.
     Saw his Royal Highness at a press gag inside The Princess Room at the BOAC Terminal at JFK.
     My friend Lon Scanlon, the Air Jamaica Manager—and Mike the bartender's spectacular martinis—brought me to that presser.
     It was a royal day in spades, I recall.
     Remember the great airport pioneer, Ron Burrage who served for decades from the early 1950s into the 1980s as U.S. General Manager for BOAC.
     Ron used to park his Jaguar saloon on the departure ramp off to one side at the British Terminal (imagine attempting that today).
     Mr. Burrage, a man of respect all by himself, eventually received the OBE Order of The British Empire recognition and accolade for his superior service to aviation presented to him by Queen Elizabeth.
     Later, when Ron retired and went back home to live in the UK, they hung a plaque in the JFK terminal, recognizing his service.
     Today that plaque is no longer in sight at JFK, at least not since the last time I looked.
     Suspect it fell victim to several renovations at that terminal.
Queen Elizabeth and Maurice Flanagan     Also think of my friend, the great Maurice Flanagan, who, with the Prince of Dubai, founded Emirates Airline. In 2010 he was afforded the Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) honor (pictured here at the investiture ceremony). I recall his memory of that proud occasion and how tough it was for him to kneel on his soccer beat-up knees at the ceremony.
     Queen Elizabeth falls into memory as someone who was a constant of life and amazing in how she kept her cool for 70 plus years, above any reproach as a great human being.
     Like our Lady in the Harbor here in New York City, Queen Elizabeth was alone in her splendor.
     God Save The King!
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