Robert Six
American businessman
Robert Six
Robert Forman Six was the CEO of Continental Airlines from 1936 to 1981. Six's career began in the earliest days of U.S. commercial aviation. His determined, scrappy, risk-taking nature paid off for Continental Airlines, the company that would for forty-five years be forged in his image. Owing in large part to the foundation laid by Six, Continental is today one of the largest and most profitable legacy airlines in the world.
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Airlines stick it to passengers, again - Inside Tucson Business
Google News - over 5 years
People like Juan Trippe, founder of Pan American World Airways; Howard Hughes, founder of Trans World Airlines; Edward Rickenbacker, long-time head of Eastern Air Lines; and Robert Six, founder of Continental Airlines. There was another difference in
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makes it a three-peat at Heartland Emmys - Westword (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
This year, we traveled back to 1951, and I played Ethel Merman, the Broadway star who actually took on the unlikely role of Denver housewife in the '50s, when she was married to Robert Six, president of Continental Airlines
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Jean-Alain Chevillard désigné maire de la commune - Ouest-France
Google News - over 5 years
Dès le premier tour, Jean-Alain Chevillard obtient huit voix et Paulette Robert six voix. Il est élu maire. Au second tour, Paulette Robert est désignée première adjointe avec neuf voix. Anne-Gaël Solal est élue deuxième adjointe
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Intoxicating Vinegars, Zippy Oils At Crushed Olive - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
“It's become a destination,” said Robert. Six months later, their rapid success convinced the couple, whose children live on Long Island, that “this would go great in Huntington.” Already, the Huntington store has become a place for downtown strollers
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Detectives suspected foul play in Manwill's death from the beginning - Northwest Cable News
Google News - over 5 years
This was roughly eight hours after Ehrlick said he last saw Robert, six hours after he called 911. Also, Rawson is fairly sure the sausages hadn't been in the bush when he searched it earlier. The detective said other things were odd, like the couple
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Bill recalls a lifetime of laughs after reaching 100 - Leader News
Google News - almost 6 years
Mr Clark has two children, Irene and Robert, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. His wife passed away five years ago. Today, Mr Clark still lives at home with family and his close canine companion, Rex
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Highland Park Couple Being Charged in 4-year-old's Death - MyFox Detroit
Google News - almost 6 years
The Gardners also cared for four of their own children, as well as Robert's six-year-old brother. Worthy said she is still investigating to see if perhaps any of the other children had been abused. "The child in this case suffered ... unspeakable acts,
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Paid Notice: Deaths WEINTRAUB, ABRAHAM
NYTimes - over 6 years
WEINTRAUB--Abraham, 100 years, died June 8, 2010. Our father Abraham was born in Brooklyn in 1920 and lived all his life in that borough. He was married for 57 years to Ruth Donenfeld Weintraub (1915-1993), to whom he was passionately devoted. Abe held a variety of jobs during his lifetime, which included chipper and caulker at the Brooklyn Navy
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Paid Notice: Deaths MESERVEY, EDWARD BLISS
NYTimes - over 7 years
MESERVEY--Edward Bliss, died on November 16 at the Scottish Home in North Riverside, IL of complications from asthma. Dr. Meservey was 93. He is survived by his wife Ellie, by his three sons, Roger, Richard and Michael, and two step-daughters Gretchen Neve and Sonja Godlewski, as well as his sister Ellen, his brother Robert, six grandchildren and
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Sophie B. Altman, 95; Started Quiz Show in 1961
NYTimes - almost 9 years
Sophie B. Altman, who in 1961 started a television quiz show for precocious high school students, later added pep bands and cheerleaders and was as surprised as anybody when ''It's Academic'' became the world's longest-running quiz show, died on Saturday in Washington. Her daughter Nancy Altman announced the death. She was 95. Mrs. Altman came up
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Audrey Meadows, "Honeymooners' Co-Star, Dies at 71
NYTimes - about 21 years
Audrey Meadows, whose portrayal of a working-class housewife on "The Honeymooners" placed her in the pantheon of television comedy's grandes dames, died on Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was 71. The cause was lung cancer, said her sister, the actress Jayne Meadows. Audrey Meadows was the second actress to play Alice
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LORENZO BRAVES THE AIR WARS
NYTimes - over 29 years
LEAD: FRANK LORENZO, CHAIRMAN OF THE TEXAS AIR CORPO-ration, personifies the grand social experiment called airline deregulation. Pioneer of the low fares that brought air travel within reach of millions of Americans, ruthless competitor and union-buster, he has since 1980 transformed a feisty regional carrier into the largest airline enterprise in
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REAGAN DROPS 11 IN FOREIGN POLICY ADVISORY GROUP
NYTimes - over 31 years
President Reagan has dismissed 11 of the 21 members of a committee of outside advisers who help him develop his foreign intelligence policies, the White House said today. The White House disclosed nothing of its decision to ''streamline'' the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board until today, when the 11 members received the President's
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CONTINENTAL'S CHIEF: FRANK LORENZO; A TURNAROUND ARTIST FOR AN AILING AIRLINE
NYTimes - about 32 years
IN the days when he was working his way through Columbia College by driving a truck, Francisco Lorenzo liked to read biographies of such capitalist heroes as Andrew Carnegie and Averell Harriman. He was en route to becoming Frank Lorenzo, the chairman of Continental Air Lines, and those models served him well, helping him build an empire of
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ETHEL MERMAN, QUEEN OF MUSICALS, DIES AT 76
NYTimes - about 33 years
Ethel Merman, the musical-comedy star whose belting voice and brassy style entertained Broadway and movie audiences for 50 years, was found dead in her Manhattan apartment yesterday. Miss Merman, who was 76 years old, had undergone surgery to remove a brain tumor last April. The Medical Examiner's office reported yesterday that she died of natural
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ESTATE IS ROYAL SETTING FOR ROYAL VISIT
NYTimes - about 34 years
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip were treated to a slice of the American dream today when they traveled to Rancho Mirage, 15 miles southeast of Palm Springs, to lunch at one of the country's most luxurious estates. The 205-acre desert oasis is owned by Walter H. Annenberg, the publishing magnate who served as Ambassador to Britain in the Nixon
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BRIEFING
NYTimes - about 35 years
P RESIDENT REAGAN called it ''Saturday afternoon at the movies,'' an intimate private showing of ''Reds'' for about 30 guests, among them Cary Grant and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and their wives, the California businessman Robert Six and his wife, Audrey Meadows, as well as Warren Beatty, the film's producer and director, casual in a herringbone
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CONTINENTAL PACT WITH TEXAS AIR
NYTimes - over 35 years
Continental Airlines and its majority shareholder, the Texas Air Corporation, agreed today to drop all legal actions pending in Texas Air's takeover attempt and to ''normalize'' relations between the companies. Continental, the nation's 11th-largest airline, added Texas Air's chairman, Frank Lorenzo, and two other men to its board, which now has 15
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CONTINENTAL EMPLOYEES GET REPRIEVE
NYTimes - over 35 years
Continental Air Lines' plan to thwart a takeover by Texas International Airlines by becoming the nation's largest employee-owned company has been pulled from the ashes. By a vote of 56 to 20, the California Assembly has passed a bill exempting the company from a state law that would have made it difficult for its employees to proceed with a plan to
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CONTINENTAL WITHOUT ITS CHIEF
NYTimes - over 35 years
The apparent suicide of Alvin L. Feldman, chairman and chief executive officer of Continental Air Lines, comes near the end of the 53-year-old executive's bitter struggle to prevent Continental from being taken over by another airline - a struggle Continental now seems to be losing. Even before Mr. Feldman's body was found last night in the
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Robert Six
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1986
    Age 78
    Six died in his sleep at his home in Beverly Hills, California in 1986.
    More Details Hide Details In 1971, Six was nominated and inducted into the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame. In June, 1974, Six was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Colorado at Boulder. He was the 1977 recipient of the Tony Jannus Award for his distinguished contributions to commercial aviation. In 1980, he was inducted into the U.S. National Aviation Hall of Fame at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. Six was a key player in the revealed mystery in the third episode of Starlee Kine's Gimlet Media-produced podcast "Mystery Show".
  • 1982
    Age 74
    However, Texas Air prevailed, and in June 1982, Texas International merged into Continental Airlines.
    More Details Hide Details Texas International ceased to exist, but the new Continental moved its headquarters to Houston, home of Texas Air.
  • 1981
    Age 73
    In 1981, Texas Air Corporation, controlled by airline industry entrepreneur Frank Lorenzo, acquired a controlling interest in Continental Airlines following a contentious battle for control with Continental's management, including Six and then-president Al Feldman, who were adamant in their resistance to Lorenzo.
    More Details Hide Details Continental's labor unions joined the antitakeover battle because of their fears over "Lorenzo's deregulation tactics" and his prior dealings with airline labor unions.
  • 1978
    Age 70
    After the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978, like many U.S. carriers, Continental expanded rapidly.
    More Details Hide Details Within two years, new nonstop services from its Denver and Houston hubs included: New York (LGA/JFK), Newark, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington (National and Dulles), Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Las Vegas, Reno, San Jose, and San Francisco, as well as many smaller cities in the Midwest and western U.S., and new international routes to London, Tokyo, Manila, Sydney, and Melbourne, and more destinations in Mexico than served by any other carrier. This rapid growth required the expansion of Continental's existing fleet of 747, DC-10, 727-200, and DC-9 aircraft with large numbers of MD-80, 737-model and Airbus aircraft, and the formation of alliances with larger commuter airlines in Houston and Denver to serve smaller communities in the Rockies, Plains, and Southwest.
  • 1974
    Age 66
    Continental's 747 services from Chicago and Denver to Los Angeles and Honolulu set the standard for service in the western U.S. When asked by one Denver customer service agent in 1974 why he flew Continental wherever he could, Hollywood legend Henry Fonda remarked, "This operation is class; strictly class!" Ironically, during the 1970s, Continental's 747 service was short-lived, the airline having concluded that the DC-10 was better suited to the route structure and passenger loads.
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  • 1971
    Age 63
    DC-10s were added to the fleet in 1971, giving Continental the ability to carry its burgeoning traffic on key routes between Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, Honolulu, Houston, and Seattle.
    More Details Hide Details During the Vietnam War, Continental provided cargo and troop transportation for the United States Army and Marine Corps to Asian and Pacific bases. Continental's 707s were the most common nonmilitary aircraft transiting Saigon Tan Son Nhat airport. As a result of Continental's experience in Pacific operations, the carrier formed subsidiary Air Micronesia, picking up island-hopping routes between Yap/Majuro/Saipan/Guam and Honolulu, which were served by 727 aircraft. One of Six's long-cherished goals was for Continental to become a major player in the Pacific basin, something the airline would achieve only after his retirement. At Six's insistence, Continental (with Pan Am and Trans World Airlines) was a launch airline for the Boeing 747 aircraft. Its upper-deck first-class lounge won awards worldwide for the most refined cabin interior among all airlines, as did meal services developed by Continental's Cordon Bleu-trained executive chefs.
  • 1969
    Age 61
    The introduction of service from Los Angeles to Honolulu/Hilo was in 1969; Continental's first Boeing 747s arrived in May 1970.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1963
    Age 55
    In 1963, Continental moved its headquarters from Denver to Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details This change coincided with rapid growth of the carrier's route network. Continental added all-jet service from Los Angeles to Houston (both nonstop and with services via Phoenix, Tucson, El Paso, Midland/Odessa, Austin, and San Antonio), and from Denver and to Seattle, Portland, New Orleans, and Houston (both nonstop and with services via Wichita and Tulsa/Oklahoma City). In a separate route award, Continental was selected to serve the route from the Pacific Northwest to San Jose and Ontario, California.
  • 1961
    Age 53
    In 1961 in Honolulu, Six married Hollywood star Audrey Meadows of The Honeymooners television fame (Meadows played the role of Alice Kramden).
    More Details Hide Details The feisty Meadows was a good match for Six's sometimes stubborn nature. She served effectively as an advisory director on Continental's board, offering many of the suggestions that made Continental's inflight and ground services preeminent. The Sixes were socially prominent in Beverly Hills, where they lived. Meadows' television and acting career afforded the Sixes opportunities for their close relationships with prominent Hollywood stars such as John Wayne, Henry Fonda, James Stewart, and Bob Hope. The couple spent many long weekends at their Lazy 6 Ranch near Montrose, Colorado, where Hollywood stars were frequent guests.
  • 1960
    Age 52
    Six and Merman divorced in 1960.
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  • 1959
    Age 51
    Continental was one of the first operators of the Boeing 707, taking delivery of its first 707s in spring of 1959.
    More Details Hide Details Six, not being satisfied with jet service alone, introduced dramatic service innovations with Continental's 707 operations, which were described as " nothing short of luxurious" by the Los Angeles Times, and, " clearly, the finest in the airline industry" by the Chicago Tribune.
  • FORTIES
  • 1953
    Age 45
    In 1953, Six married Broadway legend Ethel Merman, whom he had met in a New York city nightclub.
    More Details Hide Details Merman, a two-time divorcee, felt enchanted by Six's strong demeanor and common sense. Following a brief courtship, they married, and she took a hiatus from her Broadway career and moved to Colorado with him. Life with Six became oppressive, and, according to Miss Merman's son, his mother suffered dramatic episodes of emotional and physical violence from a regularly explosive Six, who, behind his back, was called Jumbo and Big Meanie by his stepchildren. Merman found Denver society bucolic and limited after that of New York.
    In 1953, Continental merged with Pioneer Airlines, gaining access to 16 more cities in Texas and New Mexico.
    More Details Hide Details This merger allowed Continental Airlines to operate routes between Texas and Colorado/New Mexico, connecting with the line's Denver-Albuquerque-El Paso services.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1937
    Age 29
    In July 1937, Robert Six changed the name of Varney Speed Lines to Continental Airlines and the carrier moved its headquarters to Denver, Colorado, which would become the airline's central hub for the next 55 years.
    More Details Hide Details During the 1940s and 1950s, Continental Airlines, led by Six, was able to expand its fleet of aircraft with profits from World War II when it provided air transportation to the military. Continental also performed military aircraft modification work at its Denver maintenance facilities. Six spent some time during the war in the United States Army Air Corps and was involved in planning improved routes to ferry American aircraft to the European theater. Six's work there represented significant improvements over original routes which had seen aircraft losses due to weather. He returned to Continental before the war ended and resumed his leadership role.
  • 1934
    Age 26
    Though many credit Six with being the founder of Continental Airlines, the airline's history dates to 1934 when it was operated under the name of Varney Speed Lines by its owners Walter Varney and Louis Mueller.
    More Details Hide Details The future international airline had humble beginnings, with Varney operating single-engine Lockheed Vega aircraft between El Paso, Texas, and Pueblo, Colorado, with stops in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, NM, and Las Vegas, NM. Mueller gained control of the carrier in 1936 and sold 40% of the company to Six.
  • 1929
    Age 21
    After about 10 hours aloft, he received pilot's license (number 5772) in 1929, at the age of 22.
    More Details Hide Details He bought an OX-5-powered Travel Air biplane from Walter Beech, founded the Valley Flying Service, and proceeded to sell scenic rides to passengers, and to race on weekends.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1907
    Born
    Born on June 25, 1907.
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