8/4/03 Producers conduct key interviews
The Pan Am Historical Foundation funded a series of key interviews
of some of the older pioneers of the company. Shooting began on August
4th and ran through the 10th in the Northeast.
Eight interviews were conducted including Chief Engineer John Borger,
whose career spanned the period from the beginning of the route for
the China Clipper through the introduction of the 747; Kathleen Clair
who was founder Juan Trippe's personal assistant from 1948 until her
retirement in 1980; Chief Pilot Technical Paul Roitsch who tested the
SST for Pan Am; Al Ueltschi who was Trippe's corporate pilot and then
the founder of FlightSafety International; Elliot Billings a flying
boat Captain for Pan Am from 1936; Chuck Bassett who was another boat
Captain from 1940; Dick Barkle who was a Director of Public Relations
for the company; and Jim Leet who began as an airport manager and retired
as an executive Vice President for the company in 1981.
interview locations ranged from the Pan Am building in Manhattan to
Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Cape Cod in Massachusetts.
The Pan Am Documentary Project is now actively seeking additional
funding via donations to shoot interviews in two other important geographical
areas: 1) Miami and 2) the West Coast (SF, LA, Seattle, and Hawaii).
If you would like to help us, visit our funding
page to see details on how your money can help preserve these oral histories
rapidly being lost to the passage of time.