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Apr 10, 2007
Fresno, California
Years ago (about 30), I flew into Brackett Field one day and listened to the ATIS on the way in. It was done in the voice of Peter Lorre (for the younger crowd, Peter Lorre was a popular actor in the 40's and 50's with a distinctive voice). When I got ready to depart, I listened to ATIS again and it was done in the voice of James Cagney. As I switched to the frequency for ground, I heard a baffled pilot asking if there was something wrong with the ATIS recording. The ground controller claimed to know nothing, but I could tell it was the same person who had done the Cagney impression. I keyed up my mic and, in my best James Cagney voice, asked for permission to taxi with "information Cagney". There was a slight delay, then the tower came back with permission to taxi (with much laughter in the backround) and a very jovial "have a great day!"

It's a shame that the NEW rules now seem to deny controllers any form of personal interaction or lightheartedness with the pilots.

Bruce :)