After being born in Frankfurt (that would be Germany, not Kentucky), Jay's family moved to Vandalia, Ohio where Jay spent his time learning to play the greatest game ever (baseball), by smacking the daylights out of fastballs from his next door neighbor Roger Clemens. (Disclaimer: At 9 years of age, this would have been a pre-steroid era.)
During his high school years at Carlisle High School, Jay spent most of his free time at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Center helping his Dad to build the condominiums at the course for a variety of Cincinnati sport's legends like Nancy Lopez, Ross Browner, Tom Seaver and others. In 1981 he watched his father build the ATP Tennis Stadium for the likes of Connors, McEnroe, Lendl and Borg.
Jay's passion for baseball continued thru 1983 when he was invited to tryout for the 1984 US Olympic Baseball Team. A torn hamstring six weeks before the tryouts ended his baseball dream. (He was able to write about the greatest game ever played for Reader's Digest, winning their Editor's Choice award and having it read by more than 88 million people worldwide.)
It was then Jay's attention turned towards the airline industry, where he loved the daily challenges of cancelled flights, delayed luggage (they weren't referred to as 'lost' until they were MIA for 90 days), weather problems and the always-wonderful Sunday after Thanksgiving! Cities Jay worked at included Monroe (LA), Florence (AL), Cincinnati, and Dayton. It was also during these years Jay was able to serve as the Travel Coordinator for the Detroit Lions - spending his Sunday afternoons on the NFL sidelines!
Jay continues that adrenaline rush by educating travelers with information specifically designed to help them find the cheapest of fares, resolve complaints, and having multiple options when flights are cancelled.
Jay lives in the Dayton area with his wife, Sherry and their two boys, and his older daughters serve as nurses to Dayton area hospitals.
If you have any questions, you can contact Jay through his Day Trading website - he is an avid Day Trader and teaches others on his system. (www.daytradefun.com)
Mornings on Jim Scott's show
I honestly believe this is a new low for the TSA.
An active duty, wheelchair-bound Marine was traveling through the Phoenix airport last week when TSA agents asked the man to remove his prosthetic legs so they could be examined and then, as if that was not humiliating enough, asked the Marine to stand so his wheelchair could be searched for explosives.
This Marine chose to serve his country and in the act of doing so lost both legs to an IED and this is the kind of treatment he receives in return?
I am not stating the Marine should not have been screened, but I am insisting there was a better (more discreet) way to handle the screening process than to have the man reveal his prosthetic limbs. The idea that you would then ask the man to rise so his wheelchair could be inspected for explosives is another new low for the TSA – and that is saying a great deal.
When the TSA was forced upon us over ten years ago, it had nothing to do with increasing airport security. At the time, the Federal Aviation Administration was charged with maintaining airport security and after the attacks of 9/11 our “leaders” in Washington decided something had to be done and the TSA was created. The attacks on that horrible day in September were not a result of a lack of security or having someone beat our various levels of security, because everything used in those attacks were items allowed through the security checkpoints. Still, the TSA was created as a way to make travelers feel more secure when they fly.
I doubt if the Marine from San Diego feels more secure.
I knew we were in trouble when the TSA spent more than $600,000 three years after they were created to hold an awards ceremony where lifetime achievement awards were handed out. Lifetime achievement awards…? After three years…? Welcome to the insane world of the TSA.
We are safer now than in the days prior to 9/11 and that is because we have had an increase in technology and a change in airline procedures – not because of the TSA. The scariest part of the TSA to me is how the agency is being used as a security screening force for other modes of transportation around the country. While fake bombs, firearms and other restricted items continue to make it past TSA agents around the country, we see situations such as the one in Phoenix.