Life, Love, and a Hijacking

My Pan Am Memoir

Non-Fiction - Memoir
208 Pages
Reviewed on 07/07/2015
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Author Biography

Wendy Sue Knecht always had a passion for travel, even as a little girl.

After pursuing her degree at the University of Arizona, she became a flight attendant for the world's most iconic airline, Pan Am. Her rich and amazing career included many humorous adventures, observations, and life lessons. Her story is a mix of hilarious, seat gripping moments, and some tragic times.

A love of writing compelled her to share her story of an era like no other in aviation history.

Since her career as a flight attendant, Wendy Knecht has become an inventor, on-air spokesperson, and product entrepreneur. Wendy has appeared on QVC hundreds of times as the on-air spokesperson for the line of travel bags she designed, as well as numerous other products.

Wendy lives in L.A. with her husband (and avid travel partner), and their four-legged furry son, Murray.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite

Life, Love, and a Hijacking by Wendy Sue Knecht begins with the great elation she felt at her selection by Pan Am, the joy of flying and the greater joy of clearing the bone caliper test. Getting nicknamed goodie-goodie for her adherence to rules, falling in love with her job, how the sweet aroma of travel as well as the fun of living with pools made this a remarkable life to lead; how each of the lands she frequented had their own distinct olfactory experience - like the pungent spicy smell of India or the smoky Turkish aroma of Istanbul - find description here. Missing out on planned events by unscheduled stops and delays, as well as her most idiotic move, a solo visit to Africa on an eight-day off, add anxious twists to this page turner.

Life, Love, and a Hijacking by Wendy Sue Knecht is a collection of memories rich in its variety and content. The excitement of the glamorous life the high flyers lead comes alive in these pages. Though in this book she mentions a condition, OCD, obsessive cleaning disorder, I think it is more likely that she has ORD, obsessive recollection disorder. I can tell that there aren’t many opportunities for entertainment or celebrations associated with a flying career that are not mentioned here. An excellent read, it held my attention from the moment I started till I turned the last page.