Short Final: Information Yankee

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I’m from Massachusetts (the North) and in the mid-1960s, flying cross‑country from Daytona Beach to an airport near Tampa Florida (the South), I passed by the Orlando airport and tuned the frequency for a brand‑new reporting system named ATIS.

I caught the recorded transmission about halfway and heard the following:

“Temperature 28. Dew point 10. Landing Runway 36. When contacting Orlando tower report you have received information, excuse the expression, Yankee.”

Marc Nathanson

Littleton, Massachusetts

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  1. You don’t have to go back to the Civil War. Before US 1 was assembled from existing east coast roads, there was a seasonal invasion of aliens from northern states that periodically flooded the Atlantic Highway. They filled the new cinderblock “motor-hotels” that popped up along it, bringing much-appreciated seasonal dollars at the expense of the natives’ more languid rural lifestyle. In those days, if you didn’t have a Cracker accent, you were a Yankee, even if you grew up in Charleston, SC. If you didn’t have the accent and were in a hurry, you were a Damyankee. If you were a jerk in a hurry with a funny accent, you were a Godamyankee. In many ways, not much has changed, besides I-95, until you get to the major metropoli which are filled with fifth-generation GDY’s.