Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Of course, none of that mattered to the passengers on board American Airlines Flight 191 that May afternoon. It was the beginning of the long Memorial Day weekend, and travelers on the Chicago to Los Angeles route were settling in for the three-and-a-half-hour direct flight. The plane was filled nearly to capacity with 258 passengers and a crew of 13. Several of the passengers were on their way to the American Booksellers Association annual convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Among them were Playboy magazine's managing editor Sheldon Wax; his wife, author Judith Wax; and the magazine's fiction editor, Vicki Haider. Also on board with Itzhak Bentov, the inventor of the cardiac catheter, and Lenonard Stogel, a music business producer for such once popular groups as the Cowsills and Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs.