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Not Your Average Eskimo...  
User currently offlineEIPremier From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1543 posts, RR: 1
Posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 919 times:

Greetings everyone! I'd like you to meet Chester.
Whether it be sun-soaked Baja beaches, snow-capped Sierran summits, remote gravel strips, or obscure Siberian towns few people can even pronounce, he's seen it all. In the course of his travels, he has shattered all known frequent flyer records...

Unfortunately, "Chester" was unable to become a member of airliners.net, because they said he could not register 94 separate times.

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However, I thought I'd still share some of Chester's thoughts with you...

"After so many years of silence, it's time for me to speak up. For starters, I'm sick of being labeled 'Johnny Cash,' or 'Abe Lincoln,' or worse, 'most senior flight attendant.' Give me a break guys! I may be a progeriac, but I'm still only in my late 20's, and I consider myself to be an eligible bachelor.

Now for some background...
I am considered to be the most famous of four children. And, I suspect you wont' find that to be surprising.

My perpetually sun-burned brother just didn't have my rugged good looks...

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This guy was always a bit of a quack...

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This brother became a Russian Orthodox, and I'm afraid it went straight to his head...

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So, my siblings disappeared into obscurity and I took center-stage. At first, I felt my lofty position demanding a severe and imperious countenance. Some said that I was a weirdo, decked out in blue the way I was. If only the Blue Man Group existed back then!

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In the 1980s, my company grew rapidly (I like to think it was partially due to my popularity). As a result, we acquired many aircraft and I sometimes found myself a bit uncomfortable with the cheatlines I saw below me....

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However, I soon realized that I was becoming a celebrity and I decided to make an effort to smile. It didn't come easily, and I've had more cosmetic surgery over the years than Michael Jackson, (and I still have my nose too!)

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In the late 80's, shortly before they started to fly me down to Mexico, they stuck some Ray-Bans on me. I must admit, I loved them, and was very sad when they were removed. If only they took a photo of me...I looked like a movie star!
Despite soaking up so many rays, I retained my fair skin. However, they did change my wardrobe. Apparently, blue parkas just weren't the style anymore. So, they gave me this hot new black parka. I must say, when the sun was shining, I was running perspiration.

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In the mid-90s, My superiors tried to give me some customer service pointers. However, I'm not sure if the passengers really appreciated my remarks of "Thanks!" What was I supposed to say if those bubbles coming out of the cabin didn't say "Good Job!" ?? BTW, something tells me I should know this photographer.
(you'll need to enlarge this one)

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Now, I do not claim to be perfect. Some say that I'm vain, shallow and two-dimensional.

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And, while I have NBA-caliber height, I've had to live with a permanent wrinkle through my face.

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In the 1990s, the airline became infested with 737s, and I found my face didn't fit quite so well.

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I have to admit, 00 was a real nothing year for me, and while there were no major Y2K bugs, I didn't enjoy having my face plastered over TV all year. Fortunately, the marketing gurus always have a PR trick up their sleeves. I think that's been the key to our success for all these years...

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Here's lookin' at you kid!

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User currently offlineEIPremier From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1543 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 859 times:

I hope nobody took any offense to my reference to the "Russian Orthodox" c/s. If so, that was not my intention.

What do you all think of the Eskimo? Do you think he due for retirement, or is he an essential part of the company's image?

I know in the late 80's, Alaska considered replacing the Eskimo with a stylized mountain (probably not too different from the late Reno Air's tail). However, AS received enough harsh feedback that they soon reconsidered the move.


User currently offlineL_188 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 858 times:

I thought his name was Johnny Cash???

User currently offlineEnglandair From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2000, 2228 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 844 times:

To be honest, I didn't realise that he's supposed to be an Eskimo.
I always wondered why Alaska had some old bloke on their tails!


User currently offlineAgnusBymaster From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 652 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 809 times:

If that Eskimo wants to prove to me that he's hot, I need to see more than a face. I only dig hotties with bodies LOL

I remember that old blue and green paintdo from when I lived in Long Beach. Funny, I thought it looked so good at the time, but these days it looks really dated. About when did they change to their current colors? Does Alaska still fly to Long Beach?

The other thing I remember is they used to show a picture of him in their advertisements for their cargo service. The caption was "weight-lifting champion"


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