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Charlie Bryan

Fri Jan 27, 2006 3:34 pm

All that I know about this guy is what I have read in Hard Landings and what I have heard about him anecdotally. What is he up to now, what did he do after he took EAL down?
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RE: Charlie Bryan

Fri Jan 27, 2006 3:39 pm

I'm not sure what became of him after 1990. He and Borman and then Lorenzo had legendary fued which destroyed in a rapid period of time what was in the mid 1980s, the largest carrier in the free world.
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RE: Charlie Bryan

Sat Jan 28, 2006 1:40 am

"Grounded: The Inside Story of How Frank Lorenzo Took Over and Destroyed Eastern Airlines" by Aaron Bernstein is a much more detailed book on the dismantling of EA, and includes a great deal of info on Charlie Bryan's role in the whole affair.


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RE: Charlie Bryan

Sat Jan 28, 2006 4:54 am

Actually Charlie Bryant could foretell the future. One statement that is attributed to him is; "I'd rather work for the devil than Frank Borman."
Now if that isn't a prophesy that came true, then I don't of any that did.

On the other side of the Borman/Bryant feud, Frank Borman tried to get the IAM shop stewards in Miami to campaign against Charlie during the election that brought him into office. He called a meeting of all the chief stewards and made his case to them.

I was told about that by one of the Miami chief stewards and Charlie knew about it within 20 minutes of the meeting ending. Charlie, at that time, was a mechanic in Atlanta.
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RE: Charlie Bryan

Sat Jan 28, 2006 6:16 am

A name that makes my blood BOIL!!!!  angry 

But for the record,....is it Bryan or Bryant?
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RE: Charlie Bryan

Sat Jan 28, 2006 6:23 am

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 4):
But for the record,....is it Bryan or Bryant?

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RE: Charlie Bryan

Sat Jan 28, 2006 7:32 am

In the Hard Landing postscript, didn't Petzinger mention that Bryan ended up groundskeeper at a golf course?
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RE: Charlie Bryan

Sat Jan 28, 2006 7:45 am

Quoting 727LOVER (Reply 4):
A name that makes my blood BOIL!!!!

But for the record,....is it Bryan

My blood as well. But I think it's appropriate to blame Charlie only so much. He led intelligent, rational men into a strike that destoyed the company. These guys should have had enough sense to know that if the company lost, we all would lose, and we did. I blame the rank and file as well, for demonstrating a pack-mentality. They would have followed Charlie into the bowels of hell. How stupid. It's kind of the same thing that happened at Northwest.

And yes, it's "Bryan".
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RE: Charlie Bryan

Sat Jan 28, 2006 6:19 pm

Quoting APFPilot1985 (Thread starter):
What is he up to now, what did he do after he took EAL down?

If there's a God, he spent a fair amount of time rummaging through dumpsters behind KFC to exist, occasionally going, "Oooh! There's one with meat on it!"
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RE: Charlie Bryan

Sun Jan 29, 2006 1:22 am

You could argue that EAL's fatal union dispute gave the unions carte blanche for the rest of the 1990's; they got anything they wanted out of management for quite a few years.

They're paying for it now, of course; but at the time, things sure looked rosy.

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