I had an older friend from Richmond who was attending Howard Payne College (now University) in Brownwood, Texas. Like me, he didn't know a soul in Brownwood, but a friend of his family had recommended Howard Payne to him. He went there and he seemed to be enjoying it and was doing quite well academically. I had checked Howard Payne College out as best as I could, and I heard and read good things about my planned course of study.
So, the plans were made. My Dad would drive me to Blue Grass Airport (LEX) in Lexington, Kentucky. Three flights and seven hours after departing LEX, I was scheduled to land at Brownwood Municipal Airport (BWD), where I would disembark, pick up my bag and get a lift to campus. I had saved my money for the airfare, and I had made my reservations by telephone back in the summer. These were the days when air service in the USA was strictly regulated by the CAB. My young age was an advantage, as I qualified for youth fares (class YZ) on all of my flights. My airlines of choice, Delta and Texas International, gave youth fare passengers confirmed seats at 25% off regular Y fares, with no deadline to purchase tickets after reservations were made.
Now, let's get to the good stuff!
Delta Air Lines Flight 731, STD LEX 1:59PM (EST), STA TYS 2:32PM, STD TYS 2:52PM, STA ATL 3:33PM, Douglas DC-9-32. I had flown Delta to Chicago the previous year, and I couldn't wait to fly with them again. Now, here comes the flight that I was really looking forward to!
Texas International Airlines Flight 637, STD DAL 7:10PM, STA BWD 7:55PM, Convair 600. I had heard of TT's reputation as "Tree Top" and "Tinker Toy," but that didn't bother me at all. People used to say the same things in Kentucky about the turboprop twins flown by Allegheny and Piedmont, but I had flown with both of them and I thought they were just fine.
Once I was in Brownwood, I would make my visit to Howard Payne College, then catch a lift with my friend back to Richmond, Kentucky, as he was coming home for Christmas break.
SO, WHAT HAPPENED? During August and September, 1972, I seriously suffered from hay fever (ragweed allergy). My folks got me in to see the best allergist in Lexington, but our insurance had a high deductible and my folks didn't have that kind of money. I did, and after a heart-to-heart talk with my Mom, I decided to use my airfare money to pay the deductible. And, things turned out all right! I ended up going to college at Eastern Kentucky University in my hometown, Richmond. I was pleased with my courses at EKU, which was also where I met, fell in love with, and married a girl from Cincinnati. We are still married after all these years! I got to work full-time at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), and I don't have seasonal hay fever any more!
Still, I wonder what might have been. What I am looking for are your thoughts about my itinerary, what I might have experienced had I actually made that trip. It would have been my only trip through the old Hartsfield terminal. How easy would my connection have been at DAL? Thank you in advance for your musings!