And of course boarding from the rear of my namesake, the Martin 404, then the Caravelle, the DC9, and last the 727. Carriers were Pacific, Air France, Iberia, Bonanza, AirWest, Hughes Airwest, Alaska, PSA, Royal Air Nepal, Republic, Aerolineas Argentinas, Varig, East African, Hawaiian, Pan Am, Frontier, TWA, National, Eastern, Northwest.
Best story was deplaning on the first one. The M404. I was a brand new agent meeting a super nice flight attendant (I still remember her name) and wasting time onboard with her (his term) when my boss yelled from below to get my (butt) outside and I fell down that airstair and broke my leg. When I came back from the hospital all plastered up he gave me a stool, a pen and said I was now a ticket agent. I had no where to run.
Less sarcasm and more thought equal better understanding