Sunday, June 17, 2012
Dear Professor McCartin,
My name is Larry Sawatzki. I was a member of PATCO Local 332, MCI TRACON, Kansas City, MO. I was hired by the FAA in 1973 after four years in the Navy. I was an active member of the union, serving as facility rep in Kansas City, as well as terminal voting representative for the central region at the last two PATCO conventions. I was a friend of Jack Maher, Mike Rock, and Gary Eads, as well as many others you mentioned in your book. I was with Bob Poli in the lobby of the Kansas City Hyatt Regency Hotel on election night 1980. When the national news networks projected Reagan as the winner we, along with numerous colleagues, proceeded to celebrate.
Monday, June 4, 2012
Dear Mr. McCartin,
I just read Collision Course. Thank you, for a well written and researched book. It provided new details of the union and the strike and brought back a flood of memories, emotions and some responses. I am a fired PATCO member from Santa Barbara, CA and the son of an air traffic controller of 25 years. He retired just before the strike.
Beginning at age 25 I worked as a controller for almost three years with prior experience in retail and a BA degree in geography. My Dad encouraged me to accept the job. I hesitated because of his negative stories as a controller. He emphasized that I'd really like the work but may have difficulty