David Laxx

Profile Updated: July 27, 2020
Residing In: Barto, PA USA
Occupation: Retired
Children: Jennifer, born 1972
Danielle, born 1975
Military Service: USAF  
Post secondary school education

BS, Drexel University, 1970
MS, University of Southern California, 1986

What's happened since leaving Central

After college, 20 years in the USAF flying fighters, trainers and transports; 1970-1990. Somehow managed to retire as LtCol.

20 years flying for Alaska Airlines 1990-2010. Flew B727's and B737's. Retired in 2010. Have lived near Seattle, WA area since 1991.

Since 2010 have hiked and kayaked around Pacific Northwest.

Relocated back to Eastern PA, Fall 2017. Looking forward to spending time with kids, grandkids and grumpy old classmates. Also want to hike more of the Appalachian Trail.

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Recollections of Selma , AL 1975-1977. Late 1974 I was transferred to Craig AFB, Selma, AL. We bought a small home in town and my daughter Danielle was born there. I drove to work every day across the Edmund Pettus bridge. Watching the procession of John Lewis making his last trip across that bridge made me wonder just how much things have in fact changed. Ten years after his historic march of Bloody Sunday, I can say there had been change in Selma but only enough to barely move the needle. Attitudes hadn't changed a lot in ten years. The predominant thinking was still of segregation. The white and black populations had their own support structures and that was changing slowly. Very slowly. The white folks couldn't understand what all the fuss was about. They felt the black population had what they needed though there was certainty not equal access. For example, one of our T-38 instructor pilots was a Major who , like several of us , had returned from Southeast Asia. Though as a Captain, I made less money than he did, I had no trouble buying a house where I wanted in town . Not so for this black Major. I will always remember his tone and demeanor as he explained to a few of us why he was still living on base. I thought how I would have felt if it was me saying those words.
There were a few bright spots. The Mayor, His Honor Joe Smitherman, decided to stir the pot. We still had segregated clubs in Selma. One was the Tally Ho Club. The entrance was an unmarked green door with a small square window near the top. The door was always locked. When someone wanted to enter, he knocked and the attendant inside looked out the window to see who it was. If it was a white person, he got in. So one day in '75 or '76, the Mayor rounded up the Town Council (or whatever they were called) and took them all to the Tally Ho Club for lunch. The council members reflected the demographics of the city and had several Black members. Joe Smitherman instructed the members to stand to the side of the door as he knocked. The attendant, recognizing the Mayor opened the door at which time the rest of the council members streamed in, much to the horror of the those already inside. I do not know if he was reelected.
From my perspective Selma was being dragged into the era of Civil Rights kicking and screaming. This was a town where stores had their own counter checks for customers and you still dialed a five digit phone number. I bought a car receiving the entire written transaction on a sheet of yellow legal paper. So I ask myself, if it takes legislation to change behavior, what does it take to change attitudes?

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Mike - I know we have discussed it, but I've got to put it in writing. I whole heartedly endorse your "cash flow" proposal as posted on the Home page. In short, it's just the right thing to do.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: at Chiang's?

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Happy birthday, you old reprobate! And many more. Be well.

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