Behind Her Smile – The Adventures of a Tall Girl from WVA and Her Life as a Stewardess
Being raised just above the poverty line in Parkersburg, WVA, Janie didn't have big aspirations and dreams for her life. Yet moving to Columbus, Ohio changed everything about her including her name.
She was in a dead-end job at the phone company when a dare from her best friend took her to an interview to become a Stewardess. Fearful she would be rejected on sight because of her height; she was shocked when she was accepted to be the one out of 5,000 applicants who applied for the job.
A whole new word opened up to her. Seeing places she had only read about, spending time with politicians, movie star and professional athletes. One very special athlete, a professional basketball player named Wendell Ladner stole her heart with his southern charm. And extraordinary 'connection' with the King of Rock & "Roll (Elvis Presley) allowed her the unique experience to spend 'one on one' time with and remain in touch until his passing.
About Beverly Golden Cuevas (Dallas, Texas Author)
Beverly Golden Cuevas was born Beverly Jane Golden in Ironton, Ohio in 1945. She spent the first 10 years of her life in Parkersburg, WVA with her family. Her father had a job opportunity in Columbus, Ohio in 1955 so away they went. Beverly started working at the age of 14 to contribute to her family finances. She graduated Columbus North High School in 1963. She moved on to work at the Ohio Bell Telephone Company after graduation. In 1965, on a dare from her best friend she went to an interview to be a Stewardess for American Airlines. American hired her and she started her flying career in New York, then commuting from Tulsa, Oklahoma to her Dallas base. She flew both domestic and international. During her career, she never received a bad passenger letter. In 1977, she was 1 of 16,000 to participate in a highly coveted special assignment to work at the prestigious American Airlines Golf Classic. Her flying career ended on December 1, 2001 after 35 years.