Image: A video simulation of the crash of Flight 191. Credit: History Channel.
Madhu Krishnamurthy writes in the Chicago Daily Herald that more than 1,000 people are expected to attend the unveiling on Saturday of a memorial in Des Plaines, Ill., to the 273 victims of American Airlines Flight 191, which crashed on May 25, 1979, just after taking off from O’Hare Airport en route to Los Angeles.
The plane carried a number of people headed to a booksellers convention in Los Angeles. And on a personal note, the pilot, Walter Lux, was a family friend who lived on my block in Naperville, Ill.
And a day after handling Tony Barboza’s profiles of eight shooting victims in the Seal Bach hair salon killings, I find similar stories on the air crash victims, who included Sheldon Wax, managing editor of Playboy magazine; his wife, Judith; and Vicki Haider, administrative director of Playboy Enterprises. There is an art to putting together the profiles of people who have nothing in common except for a tragic death.