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Hamilton to discuss Eastern Air Lines’ last days, final flight

We are pleased to invite you to a discussion with Martha Hamilton about the days leading up to Eastern Air Lines’ closure in 1991. A journalist for the Washington Post at the time, Hamilton closely covered the airline’s uncertain trajectory until its final flight. To give Eastern’s demise broader context, she’ll consider what works best to nurture competitive markets: deregulation or keeping businesses from growing so big that they dominate.

Hamilton is a senior editor and writer for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize in journalism in 2017 for the Panama Papers, an investigation of offshore finance that toppled two prime ministers and touched off investigations around the world.

IAM members rally at the Fox Theater against Frank Lorenzo and Eastern Airlines, Atlanta, Georgia, March 23, 1989. [AJCP309-016q]
WHERE: 8th floor gallery of Library South, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library

WHEN: Thursday, September 7, 3:00pm – 6:00pm


After the presentation, guests are welcome to view The Wings of Man: The Eastern Air Lines Experience, a new exhibit on display in the 8th floor gallery of  Library South. Pulling content from collections housed in the Southern Labor Archives, the exhibit explores destinations, the work of running an airline, and Eastern’s final days. It will be on display through June 2018.

The Eastern Air Lines Digital Collection brings together content that represents different aspects of Eastern’s legendary history: labor, management, public relations, mediation, corporate culture, marketing, media coverage, and operations. It includes manuscripts, photographs, periodicals, moving images, audio recordings, artifacts, and oral history excerpts and is comprised of multiple collections.

For more information about the event, exhibit, or collection, please contact Traci Drummond, archivist, Southern Labor Archives (