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OVERSEAS NATIONAL AIRWAYS HISTORY BY FRED COX CREW FRIENDSHIP REUNION WEBSITE FIRST PUBLISHED JULY 16, 2000

Convertible
DC-8-55
Flagship
Contender

UACI 747
Saudi colors
June 1979 -
Febr 1981

Douglas
DC-8-55F
N851F,
Flagship Resurgence

Electra
L-188C N182H

DC-7B N953P
Oakland AP 1967

DC-8-55
Travis AFB,
CA 1969

DC-8 Zurich
Switzerland
July 1975

Steedman accepting
first DC-10

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DIMITRI PAVLOWITCH
Wendy Welsh






JON LOUIS MANN (STEVENS)


Risky undertakings in war zones with ONA

Nancy Restuccia was my neighbor in Venice,
California, in the 70s and 80s; that's how I
found out about ONA.

I had training in 1975, I don't recall who
else was in that class, but my name on the
seniority list was Jon Stevens. After that
I received a call from Dimitri Pavlowitch
to hire a crew to be based in N'djamena,
Tchad.
We weren't told there was a civil
war there and no airline would fly into
Tchad. There was war and conflict.

Wendy Welsh is on Facebook.
I have lots of ONA photos, but they are in
storage at my house in Eureka, northern
California. I live in Santa Monica now.
You can google me at
Jon Mann or Jon Stevens.

Greetings to all ONA friends and colleagues!


This information is provided by the candidate
Santa Monica Council Member City of Santa Monica
My name is Jonathan Mann, (nee Stevens). I recently
took my wife's name and have a 22 month old som named 
after his maternal grandfather. I have been a Santa 
Monica resident for over 2 decades and an activist on 
the Public Electronic network, (PEN), since its 
inception. 

I am proud to be a member of the Green Party. I 
support and promote sustainability in our community's 
environmental, social and residential neighborhoods 

I have worked as a flight attendant teacher, parole 
agent, and was musician in the US Navy. 

My top priority is for Santa Monica to be the first 
municipality to provide free internet service enabling 
residents to hold city officials accountable and have 
direct input into policy making decisions. 

I was born at Fort Jackson Army Dispensary near Medford, 
Oregon on Aug 24th, 1945, (shortly after America dropped 
atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and to this day 
have an aversion to mushrooms!-). I spent much of my 
childhood living on military bases and consequently 
have a less insular view of America. My father was 
based in Hawaii from 1946 to 1950. Soon after he was 
posted to Korea and my siblings and I were sent to St. 
Mary's Catholic orphanage in Galveston, Texas. We moved 
to Japan in 1954 and I have a Japanese step-mother. In 
1960 we moved, again, to Fort Lewis, Washington. 

I dropped out of high school in my senior year, passed a 
high school equivalency test and joined the Navy as a 
musician. I was based at Anacostia Naval Air Station 
near Washington D.C. and attended my first political 
demonstration on Aug. 28th, 1963, where I heard Martin 
Luther King give his "I Have A Dream" speech. Following 
the Navy I went to California State University (CSUN) 
and was a member of the Students for a Democratic 
Society (SDS). I took a degree in Sociology. 

I spent the much of the 70s traveling and working all 
over the world; on the road to Kathmandu and various 
other hippy Meccas, living in caves, burial crypts, 
a lighthouse, windmill, abandoned boats, etc. I was 
at Kent state and every anti- war Vietnam moratorium. 
More recently, I was at the Battle in Seattle and the 
Million Mom March. 

I have worked as a Probation Officer, Parole Agent 
and a Teacher. My current profession as a flight 
attendant with my fourth charter airline gives me 
conflicting perspectives on how Americans are viewed 
abroad. I have participated in troop and refugee 
movements in six wars since Vietnam, which has 
reinforced my strong anti-war philosophy. I was 
briefly taken hostage in Ndjamena, Tchad in 1979. 
I love my country, but consider myself a human 
being before an American. We are all motivated 
somewhat by characteristics of fear, hate and 
greed, as well as a desire for peace, love and 
brotherhood. The rise and fall of civilization 
is ample evidence there have been far more brutal 
empires than the present American Hegemony. 

Another factor in how American culture is viewed, 
is how we perceive ourselves as the guiding light 
of freedom and democracy. The phenomenal growth 
of computer networking, the information revolution, 
(Alan Toffler's "Third Wave"), and the spread of 
the World Wide Web has given us web surfing, 
blogging, pornography, E-bay and other electronic 
enterprises. This interactive interface 
disseminates information, (and dis-information), 
often distorting the truth, perverting the 
marketplace of ideas and disrupting the level 
playing field of information exchange, with lies, 
distortions, and propaganda. Knowledge is power, 
whether it is truth or not, as shown by the appeal 
of tabloid journalism and talk radio. All of this 
contributes to America's progressive, as well as 
deviant, cultural image. 

Many Americans identify themselves as defenders 
of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. 
Many others feel we are misunderstood and envied 
by the rest of the world and that we, in fact, 
hold the keys to world peace, along with the 
responsibility to make the world a better place. 
Some blame our government, the media and corporate 
greed for much of the ills of the world. They 
consider globalization as a plot to exploit the 
undeveloped countries in order to concentrate 
personal wealth among the elite. 

In my opinion, none of this reflects the truth 
of the American character, which is too diverse 
and polarized to fit into a simple stereotype. 
Human beings have universal attributes, molded 
by survival instincts and learned behaviors; 
conditioned by both nature and nurture. I do not 
believe that humans can be solely defined in 
terms of a national character. We are all 
influenced by the peculiarities of our variant 
social, economic, political, religious and 
cultural programming as well as by genetic 
predilections. 

Western civilization has diverged in numerous 
evolutionary patterns, which differentiate it 
from eastern philosophies, and other world views. 
As human civilizations progress, interact and 
clash, there has been much overlap; conflict 
contamination and change. Some good, some evil... 

The events leading up to, and then immediately 
following 9/11, altered the perception of how 
Americans are viewed by the international 
community, only to be skewed again, after the 
attack, by the unilateral actions of President 
Bush. I have mixed feelings of my nationality, 
critical of some aspects of our history and 
proud of others, but I resist glorifying the 
American character as an ideal prototype. 
Nevertheless, there have been far worse models 
that would replace our current domination of 
the world. 

Since World War II our image abroad has become 
tarnished by the arms race and the so called 
cold war to contain communism. Conflicts in 
Korea, Vietnam, throughout Latin America, 
Africa, Asia and Europe, were different venues 
of World War III. Now we are engaged in a 
Fourth World War, against terrorism, which is 
a continuation of jihad and the crusades and 
may really be regarded as a trade war over 
resources, markets and cheap labor. Modernity 
versus a medieval resistance to change, 
pragmatism versus dogmatism. 

The American character can be personalized 
as Yankee ingenuity, opportunity, 
entrepreneurism, situational ethics, democratic, 
libertarian and egalitarian values. These are 
all part of the mix of what makes us unique. We 
are also reflections of the same Darwinian 
motives that are an incentive for all humans. 
It is only our attempts to rise above our base 
nature that can mold us to be better than we 
can be. 

The primary reason I am running for City Council 
is to present an alternate model for 
participatory democracy that is truly populist, 
creative and can enable an electronic electorate 
to restore government to the people and out of 
the control of special interests I was very 
involved in the Public Electronic Network, and 
founded the PEN Users Group, in 1989. I have 
since become very disappointed and chagrined 
that fellow Greens and members of this city 
council have deliberately allowed a powerful 
tool for grass roots democracy die of benign 
neglect in order to protect their power base. 

I(am also a card carrying member of the ACLU, 
NAACP and numerous environmental organizations. 
Think globally, Act locally. 

Jonathan Mann 























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