Thursday, February 14, 2008

Wayne Sherman (Part Two)

We're back again with 'part two' of Wayne Sherman, his history and stories. Sit back and take in this's a long one!
As from the previous posting, Wayne was hired with Wisconsin Central Airlines in July of 1952 at MDW. He remained at the station until 1959 until a move to ATY from 1959-1961, then to MKG from 1961-1965, YIP in 1965-1966 and finally to DTW from 1966-1992 where he retired after 40 years on July 31st, 1992. At MDW, he quickly moved up the ranks to become Senior Station Agent and was instrumental in creating a new layout for aircraft parking. As Wayne states, 'I worked out a new plane parking layout that permitted 3 planes to park rather than just one, which allowed for the greatly expanded flight scheduling activity at MDW that couldn't have happened without it. ' (The attached photo shows this plan in action).
In 1959, Wayne moved to the ATY station where he was promoted to Station Manager. He was also the Station Manager for MKG and then for YIP where, in 1966, he prepared the station for closing before his move to DTW.
Wayne then became the Station Manager for DTW where he oversaw a large staff including operations, ticket counter and gate personnel. While at DTW, he was a member of the Flight Scheduling Committee where he acheived innumerable improvements to flight scheduling. He was also the coordinator for the massive remodeling and construction of DTW with designing new gate layouts, remodeling facilities at the International Terminal along with the baggage handling systems, all the while accomodating airlines with temporary facilities until the project was complete. Also, in his efforts, he was able to have flight monitors placed behind ticket counters where customers and passengers could easily consult them. All in all, a BUSY man!
Wayne also became the DTW Plant Maintenance and Ground Service Equipment Manager where he oversaw the maintenance of over 4,000 pieces of ramp equipment, facility maintenance of 4 hangers, a freight building and all terminal facilities, consisting of around 750,000 square feet! Keeping in mind, that includes escalators, elevators, security equipment, fire protection, lighting systems, the list goes on. Wayne was quite aware of the necessity for energy and cost effectiveness as well in the replacing of leaking roofs on hangers, creating higher efficiency lighting systems, and many other projects that actually paid for themselves, and even the remodeling, over a few years. Talk about a resume!
In asking what his fondest memories of working with North Central, Wayne said, ' I was able to work for a company that had very caring top level management. One could not ask for better people than Hal Carr, Bud Sweet, Tom Needham, Ken Hubertus and hundreds of others I had the privilege to call friends and associates.'
I also asked if he'd any bad memories of his career with the airlines for which he replied, 'the demise of a wonderful organization...I was responsible for putting up the temporary signs in the boarding areas after the purchase from NWA was official. Passengers BOOED me and I couldn't blame them. They were witnessing a very sad event.'
Finally, I asked one last question of Wayne which was 'one a scale from 1 to 10, 10 being excellent, how would he rate his career with North Central/Republic.' 'It was really a 10,' he replied. 'The only thing lacking was a rather low pay scale for management as compared to other carriers. There was a point that Republic was by far the dominant carrier at DTW, but I was the lowest paid station manager. I never felt though that Republic could afford to pay what some of the other carriers were paying, simply because the money wasn't there.'
I want to thank Wayne Sherman for sharing his history and stories with us. I've been told that more stories from Mr. Sherman will follow as well so stay tuned. Take care. Peder


Anonymous said...

Great memories there. I'd say that sure is one heck of a resume!!! Hope to hear more stories from former employess.

Convair Kid said...

Thank you for commenting...most assuredly, there are more employee stories to come!