That’s the only reasonable conclusion one can reach after seeing these new red and white BOAC stickers all over the Haights near San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park Panhandle. BOAC, after being saddled with some clunker aircraft, became British Airways in the 1970’s but people still seem to love the brand.
Why? Well, the stewardess uniforms, for example. They had “fab” designs, complete with “cute hats.” And people still collect cool BOAC souvenirs like currency converters, matchbook covers, and related ephemera.
Or maybe it’s the opening track of the Beatles’ White Album that some folks are thinking about. Back then, people had to worry about the Russians annexing neighbouring countries and stuff.
Thank goodness that’s all in the past.
Flew in from Miami Beach BOAC
Didn’t get to bed last night
Oh, the way the paper bag was on my knee
Man, I had a dreadful flight
I’m back in the USSR
You don’t know how lucky you are, boy
Back in the USSR, yeah
Well the Ukraine girls really knock me out
They leave the west behind
And Moscow girls make me sing and shout
And that Georgia’s always on my my my my my my my my my mind
Godspeed, little Georgia.
[Could BOAC be a Hip Hop artist? Signs point to Yes.]