(Photo stolen from this site)
Fifty years ago this week, four young teachers from Watsonville, California, were on an exotic vacation in Honolulu, Hawaii. Three of the young women had arrived via prop plane from San Francisco; I will never complain about the length of a plane trip again when I imagine how long that flight took.
The fourth friend arrived a few days later, on a Boeing 707 jetliner -- Pan-American's first jet flight between San Francisco and Honolulu. She arrived in only five hours time, but still three days too late to view the first-ever raising of the American flag over the new state of Hawaii, at the Iolani Palace on August 21, 1959. Her friends Wyvona, Mary Lou and Lynne were present, however, and saw the first flying of the Hawaii state flag.
Lynne wasn't my mother yet, but she is now. Thanks, Mom, for the history.