A super sendoff from the Mad Dog

McDonnell Douglas MD-80


You may not know me that well. But if you fly American Airlines a lot, chances are we've met. My name is Mad Dog. Okay, it's more of a nickname, really … short for McDonnell Douglas MD-80. My parents liked to say I was a Super 80. I couldn't agree more.

You're probably wondering why an airplane is writing a magazine article. Well, for starters, we have a lot of downtime at night. But the main reason is … I'm calling it a career. On Sept. 4, I'll retire to Roswell, New Mexico, making way for some youngsters from Airbus and Boeing. My remaining siblings — about two dozen MD-80s in all — will also shine up their polished aluminum that day for one final flight into the sunset.

'Boycott Equinox and SoulCycle': Trump-Funding Owner Spurs Gay Outrage

By Daniel Reynolds  August 07 2019 1:37 PM EDT Updated: August 07 2019 6:53 PM EDT

UPDATE: A spokesperson for Equinox and SoulCycle issued the following statement to The Advocate: 

"Neither Equinox nor SoulCycle have anything to do with the event later this week and do not support it. As is consistent with our policies, no company profits are used to fund politicians. We are committed to all our members and the communities we live in. We believe in tolerance and equality, and will always stay true to those values. Mr. Ross is a passive investor and is not involved in the management of either business."

The chairman of Related Companies, the parent company of Equinox and SoulCycle, is throwing a lavish fundraiser for the reelection of Donald Trump — and the LGBTQ reaction was a swift condemnation.

In less than an hour of The Advocate posting the news on social media, the Facebook comments section had filled with dozens of calls for a boycott of the elite exercise brands.

Cavaliers founder, DCI charter director Don Warren passes away

by Michael Boo • May 19, 2019; 20:22pm

Donald W. Warren, founder of the Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps and a founding director of Drum Corps International, passed away Sunday, May 19 in Arizona. He was 90 years old.

Warren is said to have been introduced to drum corps during a Boy Scout jamboree at Chicago's Soldier Field in 1946. After watching the Racine Scouts perform, he eventually convinced his own troops to pick up instruments.

"They were getting tired of tying knots," Warren wryly said of his troop's early enthusiasm for forming a corps. Boy Scout Troop 111 played its first notes in 1948. At the time, 20-year-old scout leader Warren was barely older than most of his charges.

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