To have the love of your life once, is wonderful. To have three loves, simultaneously, well that's another Pan Am Story.
Pan American World Airways Captain Wayne Poulsen married Manhattan socialite Gladys Olga “Sandy” Kunau, and purchased undeveloped land in a winter wonderland. His career flew sky high, his marriage flourished, and so did the ski area he helped found, Squaw Valley.
Three loves: Skiing, Flying, Sandy. Maybe not in that order.
Captain Wayne Poulsen joined Pan American World Airways in 1943 and stayed 31 years.
July 24, 1915 marks his birthday, Mr Poulsen passed in 1995.
We thank his family for sharing these personal photos.
A two year stint at a community college got this local boy a coveted stint with Pan American World Airways, a job he began in 1961.
He didn't make news breaking flight records, he didn't impress delegates or celebrities by pouring drinks at 35,000 feet, he didn't work at the airport fixing the planes or managing passengers. But he showed up for work everyday, at the newly opened Pan Am Building in New York City, proud to have moved up from the mailroom to Revenue & Statistics, a department he stayed with, til the end, thirty years later, 1991.
Today, I found his missing 20 year service pin among some of his other random items. Frank P. Cattano, Jr. has long passed. He would have loved what I do now. You see, I share his story, all your stories, I am his daughter, and I volunteer for Pan Am Museum.
Deborah Ann Cattano Gaudioso