They tried to make flying fun for the passengers by playing games when they started the descent, such as who had the oldest penny, questions about Atlanta sports teams, etc. The person who thought he/she had the answer would pull their call button and the flight attendants would give them a prize, such as a bag of goodies or a ValuJet frisbee, all with the critter on it.
I was very impressed with the captain of a DC-9 flight from Midway to Dulles. Before takeoff, he walked to the front of the cabin, took the flight attendant's mike, and made the welcome aboard announcement while facing his planeload of passengers. He said he would get us to Washington as quickly and safely as possible. He appeared to be a seasoned pilot, maybe from Eastern or Pan Am or some other failed airline. It was a very enjoyable experience flying ValuJet.
Fly Eastern's Golden Falcon DC-7B