R.I.P. Herb Kelleher

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Herb Kelleher, founder of Southwest Airlines, passed away today.

I had the pleasure of meeting Herb several times over the last 11 years. My first experience meeting him was shortly after I started with the Company. He was at a speaking engagement in our Flight Operations Training Center, where he proceeded to smoke two packs of cigarettes—indoors, mind you—in the span of an hour. After speaking, he enthusiastically took a moment to chat with me and take a picture. Over the years, he’d enthusiastically say hello to every Employee that he saw, famously remembering many of their names.

It’s not Wild Turkey, but I’ll be toasting Herbie with a glass of 101 proof bourbon this evening.

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