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Coronavirus relief: Photo of health care workers on Southwest flight goes viral

The skies aren’t looking gray with help on the way.

A spirited image of health care professionals, flight crew and passengers on a recent Southwest Airlines flight from Georgia, to help with the coronavirus outbreak in New York, has gone viral on social media.

On March 27, a group of medical professionals traveled from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to LaGuardia Airport to pitch in on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic, a spokesperson for Southwest told Fox News. Just before takeoff, an airline employee snapped a shot of the travelers – some wearing face masks and gloves – throwing up their hands in the shape of a heart from their seats on the plane.

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Even with the good news, the Cuomo brothers seem to be stumbling over each other like the two stooges.

Andrew Cuomo: Brother Chris Cuomo Could Have Infected My Mother Matilda with Coronavirus

Andrew said that his mother, age 88, was at Chris’s house two weeks ago.

“I said, ‘That was a mistake,’” the governor recalled during his press conference Tuesday. “I said, ‘Chris, you can’t have mom at the house,’ and he said, ‘No, no, no. Mom is lonely. She wants to be at the house. I feel bad she’s cooped up in the apartment.’”

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NYC should know that as bad as it is, this too shall pass. For some reason, I have been referring to my family in recent posts. My parents were a mixed marriage, my father was a Litvak from Brooklyn and my mother was a Galitzianer from the Bronx. FYI, Litvaks have a reputation for dour seriousness. My father, although on any given day might display a good sense of humor, could also be a bit overbearing, truly a Litvak. My Mother, though not very demonstrative herself, mentioned a relative or two that definitely couldn’t be Litvaks, definitely Galitzianers. One of which was my Great Uncle Jules.

I think that I should show you some of Great Uncle Jules’ work as it could cheer up NYC a little. Even during WWII, there were USO shows to help the troops moral. This virus thing will be over and New York will be New York again. In this clip, Great Uncle Jules is singing and dancing with two other guys in NYC. Those were the days. They’ll be back.

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  1. MarciN Member

    Wow. What a photograph. Thank you. Godspeed.

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    • March 31, 2020, at 5:33 PM PDT
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  2. Henry Racette Contributor

    I love my country.

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    • March 31, 2020, at 5:58 PM PDT
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  3. Steven Seward Member

    James, was your uncle Jules Munshin?

     

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    • March 31, 2020, at 6:06 PM PDT
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  4. James Gawron Thatcher
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    Steven Seward (View Comment):

    James, was your uncle Jules Munshin?

    Steven,

    Yes, he was. Well, Great Uncle. He was my mother’s uncle.

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • March 31, 2020, at 6:38 PM PDT
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  5. She Reagan
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    James Gawron: My parents were a mixed marriage, my father was a Litvak from Brooklyn and my mother was a Galitzianer from the Bronx. FYI, Litvaks have a reputation for dour seriousness. My father, although on any given day might display a good sense of humor, could also be a bit overbearing, truly a Litvak. My Mother, though not very demonstrative herself, mentioned a relative or two that definitely couldn’t be Litvaks, definitely Galitzianers.

    I had the great privilege, during my teenage years, of knowing Jim’s parents. His mother and father were two of the loveliest people it’s possible to imagine. Litvak or not, his father did, indeed, have a good sense of humor and could be a bit of a pixie. I didn’t see much of his overbearing side, but he was fiercely intelligent, and passionate in his opinions. Jim’s mother I remember as being of a very even keel, and one of the most gracious ladies I’ve ever met. They were both simply delightful, and good friends.

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    • March 31, 2020, at 7:56 PM PDT
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  6. James Gawron Thatcher
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    She (View Comment):

    James Gawron: My parents were a mixed marriage, my father was a Litvak from Brooklyn and my mother was a Galitzianer from the Bronx. FYI, Litvaks have a reputation for dour seriousness. My father, although on any given day might display a good sense of humor, could also be a bit overbearing, truly a Litvak. My Mother, though not very demonstrative herself, mentioned a relative or two that definitely couldn’t be Litvaks, definitely Galitzianers.

    I had the great privilege, during my teenage years, of knowing Jim’s parents. His mother and father were two of the loveliest people it’s possible to imagine. Litvak or not, his father did, indeed, have a good sense of humor and could be a bit of a pixie. I didn’t see much of his overbearing side, but he was fiercely intelligent, and passionate in his opinions. Jim’s mother I remember as being of a very even keel, and one of the most gracious ladies I’ve ever met. They were both simply delightful, and good friends.

    She,

    Thanks for the good thoughts. Your parents were always a treat I looked forward to. Your Mum was sweet and strong. Your Dad was astounding and glorious good fun. They are in heaven together having a laugh and discussing the nonsense of the day and probably barbequing something.

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • March 31, 2020, at 8:05 PM PDT
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  7. Clifford A. Brown Contributor

    Made possible by President Trump knocking down the barrier of state licensing requirements. That regulatory waiver significantly added to the flexibility of medical manpower response to the pandemic.

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    • March 31, 2020, at 8:07 PM PDT
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  8. James Gawron Thatcher
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    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    Made possible by President Trump knocking down the barrier of state licensing requirements. That regulatory waiver significantly added to the flexibility of medical manpower response to the pandemic.

    Cliff,

    Trump doesn’t make grand speeches, though they aren’t that bad (imagine Biden) and he is getting better at it anyway. What Trump does is keep his eye on the ball, ignore the useless press, and then go straight for the most important thing.

    Works for me.

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • March 31, 2020, at 8:25 PM PDT
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  9. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge

    Comfort can not be in New York. I have heard repeated by the press that it is two weeks away, long after it will be needed.

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    • March 31, 2020, at 8:32 PM PDT
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  10. She Reagan
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    James Gawron (View Comment):

    She,

    Thanks for the good thoughts. Your parents were always a treat I looked forward to. Your Mum was sweet and strong. Your Dad was astounding and glorious good fun. They are in heaven together having a laugh and discussing the nonsense of the day and probably barbequing something.

    Regards,

    Jim

    Dad is probably barbecuing Neil Kinnock. (For those who don’t know him, Neil Kinnock was a British Labour Party politician, and leader of the opposition during the Maggie Thatcher years.) He and Dad had many sparring contests, although they often enjoyed a beer together afterwards. Neil Kinnock is also the politician whose speeches Joe Biden plagiarized many years ago.

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    • April 1, 2020, at 5:10 AM PDT
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  11. Stad Thatcher

    MarciN (View Comment):

    Wow. What a photograph. Thank you. Godspeed.

    I agree!

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    • April 1, 2020, at 6:40 AM PDT
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  12. colleenb Member
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    Delightful reminiscense @jamesgawron! So first can you sing as well as your great-uncle Jules? Second, I’ve wanted to ask for awhile – is Gawron your real name? If so how did you get from Litvaks and Galitzianers to Gawron?

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    • April 1, 2020, at 12:42 PM PDT
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  13. James Gawron Thatcher
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    colleenb (View Comment):

    Delightful reminiscense @jamesgawron! So first can you sing as well as your great-uncle Jules? Second, I’ve wanted to ask for awhile – is Gawron your real name? If so how did you get from Litvaks and Galitzianers to Gawron?

    Colleen,

    Good question. It was my grandfather’s fault. One needs the Cyrillic alphabet for this but the name was roughly Govrunski. Relatives who went to South Africa and those that went to Iowa retained Govrunski (go figure). My grandfather who stayed in New York City decided to Americanize and created Gawron which almost no one spells correctly the first time.

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • April 1, 2020, at 1:27 PM PDT
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  14. Danny Alexander Member

    Jim — I’m roughly three-quarters “Angeshparter (Stubborn) Litvak,” so I can relate!

    And yeah, somewhere en route from Vilna to NYC to — finally — OKC, “Grodzenski” morphed into “Alexander”; we ourselves have no earthly clue why/how.

    Be safe.

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    • April 1, 2020, at 2:37 PM PDT
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  15. James Gawron Thatcher
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    Danny Alexander (View Comment):

    Jim — I’m roughly three-quarters “Angeshparter (Stubborn) Litvak,” so I can relate!

    And yeah, somewhere en route from Vilna to NYC to — finally — OKC, “Grodzenski” morphed into “Alexander”; we ourselves have no earthly clue why/how.

    Be safe.

    Danny,

    A fellow landsman! My great uncle on my father’s side (my grandfather’s younger brother) went all the way from Lithuania to Iowa. He didn’t change his name. Probably could explain the caucus thing to me if he were still alive.

    Regards,

    Jim

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  16. Steven Seward Member

    James Gawron (View Comment):

    Danny,

    A fellow landsman!

    You must have seen that Gene Wilder movie “The Frisco Kid.” I just saw it for the first time last year. Terrific film!

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    • April 1, 2020, at 6:08 PM PDT
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  17. James Gawron Thatcher
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    Steven Seward (View Comment):

    James Gawron (View Comment):

    Danny,

    A fellow landsman!

    You must have seen that Gene Wilder movie “The Frisco Kid.” I just saw it for the first time last year. Terrific film!

    Steven,

    Did you mean this movie?

    Regards,

    Jim

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    • April 1, 2020, at 6:13 PM PDT
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  18. Percival Thatcher
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    James Gawron (View Comment):

    Steven Seward (View Comment):

    James Gawron (View Comment):

    Danny,

    A fellow landsman!

    You must have seen that Gene Wilder movie “The Frisco Kid.” I just saw it for the first time last year. Terrific film!

    Steven,

    Did you mean this movie?

    Regards,

    Jim

    I love that movie, and particularly that scene.

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  19. Steven Seward Member

    James Gawron (View Comment):

    Steven Seward (View Comment):

    James Gawron (View Comment):

    Danny,

    A fellow landsman!

    You must have seen that Gene Wilder movie “The Frisco Kid.” I just saw it for the first time last year. Terrific film!

    Steven,

    Did you mean this movie?

    Regards,

    Jim

    Yep, that’s the one! I was referring to the scene where Orthodox Rabbi Gene Wilder is walking through rural Pennsylvania and spots an Amish guy donning a long beard and black clothes, and he excitedly yells out “Ah! Landsman!”

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    • April 1, 2020, at 6:32 PM PDT
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  20. James Gawron Thatcher
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    Steven Seward (View Comment):

    James Gawron (View Comment):

    Steven Seward (View Comment):

    James Gawron (View Comment):

    Danny,

    A fellow landsman!

    You must have seen that Gene Wilder movie “The Frisco Kid.” I just saw it for the first time last year. Terrific film!

    Steven,

    Did you mean this movie?

    Regards,

    Jim

    Yep, that’s the one! I was referring to the scene where Orthodox Rabbi Gene Wilder is walking through rural Pennsylvania and spots an Amish guy donning a long beard and black clothes, and he excitedly yells out “Ah! Landsman!”

    Steven,

    Oh, you meant this one.

    Regards,

    Jim

     

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  21. Steven Seward Member

    James Gawron (View Comment):

    Steven Seward (View Comment):

    James Gawron (View Comment):

    Steven Seward (View Comment):

    James Gawron (View Comment):

    Danny,

    A fellow landsman!

    You must have seen that Gene Wilder movie “The Frisco Kid.” I just saw it for the first time last year. Terrific film!

    Steven,

    Did you mean this movie?

    Regards,

    Jim

    Yep, that’s the one! I was referring to the scene where Orthodox Rabbi Gene Wilder is walking through rural Pennsylvania and spots an Amish guy donning a long beard and black clothes, and he excitedly yells out “Ah! Landsman!”

    Steven,

    Oh, you meant this one.

    Yes Sir, that’s it!

     

     

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    • April 1, 2020, at 7:24 PM PDT
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