Saturday, July 19, 2008


Yes, that's an airliner smiling. The plane is a Lockheed L-1011 Tristar, arguably the best of the original widebodies. The airline is Pacific Southwest Airlines, the legendary San Diego based passenger carrier better known as PSA. The smiley face was part of its livery, which tells you something about PSA's corporate culture. Growing up in the West San Fernando Valley in the '60s and '70s, Lockheed and PSA were part the air.

Lockheed no longer makes airliners and PSA was swallowed up by USAir. And nowadays "PSA" means "prostate-specific antigen" and is an indicator for prostate cancer. It's how mine was discovered last autumn and in the year after treatment, guys have their PSA tested every three months. Yesterday afternoon I got the results of my first post-op PSA:
less than 0.1.
Alleluia! Right where we want it!

As the PSA ads said, "Catch our smile!"

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