Former Pilot Imposter Meets with Pan Am Flight Attendants
Mary Lou Bigelow, Winchester resident and former Pan Am flight attendant met with Frank W. Abagnale, Abagnale & Associates, whose life is depicted in the book,movie, and musical "Catch Me If You Can." Twenty four members of
the Boston Chapter of World Wings International, the philanthropic organization of former Pan Am flight attendants attended the October 13 afternoon musical
performance at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Rhode Island..
The musical production is on a US National Tour that will finish in June 2013 at the Sergerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa California.
Mr. Abagnale is one of the world's authorities on forgery, embezzlement and secure documents. From age 16 to 21, he posed as a Pan Am airline pilot, an attorney, a college professor and a pediatrician, in addition to cashing $2.5 million in fraudulent checks in the U.S. and in 26 countries abroad. For more than 35 years he has worked with, advised and consulted with hundreds of financial institutions, corporations and government agencies around the world.
During a "Q & A" with the audience after the show, Mr. Abagnale emphasized that his wife of 35 years and three children make up the family he always wanted and points to them for turning his life around. When asked what
former role he preferred over the others, he said with a chuckle and huge smile," Pan Am pilot - with all the girls."