John Morton

Middle Aged Man

Working for American Airlines during the 1990s was something else, man. My relationship with the company began 30 years ago this month. I entered small, and exited big. I had zero other job offers out of business school, no idea what I wanted, and had never been to Texas. AA is where I launched a career and found my wife. Stuff was always happening. Work got done, and done well, at a rapid clip, because it had to. Every other organization I’ve worked for pales in comparison. This pic, taken by my talented, beloved friend Chet Snedden, captures me a couple days after surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Few people get to work with one legend, let alone two.  Twenty years ago, I had my last meeting (at least as an American Airlines employee) with legendary CEO Bob Crandall, and yesterday I had my last regular meeting with outgoing UT System Chancellor and American hero Bill McRaven.  Feel very fortunate to have worked with, and learned from the very best.