July 5, 2008

Heffron Trips Over Memory

By Theresa Riniker

It was an unexpected coincidence.

When former East Dubuquer Hal Heffron, 90, stepped off a Northwest Airlines flight to Dubuque, the first flight back to the city for the reinstituted airline service in several years, he figuratively tripped over a memory.

The Dubuque Municipal Airport was dedicated in October 1948 and Heffron was the Telegraph Herald reporter assigned to cover the story. His byline appeared on the front page of the TH, Oct. 24 and 25, as he recounted the events that lead up to and included opening ceremonies for the airport dedication.

Heffron worked for the TH in the late 1940s and early 1950s before heading to Denver where he continued his journalism career until retirement.

Accompanied by his son Tim, Heffron had returned to the tri- state area for a short visit this summer and was surprised to find TH staff at the airport taking pictures of him as he walked off the airfield.

The airline held a ribbon cutting ceremony in honor of its return to the airport.

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