Calhoun: Wake-Up Call

Frontier could create a whole different animal for Midwest: Moo

I've been a fan of Frontier since its first incarnation, when the in-flight mag featured the "From the Cockpit" column by Captain Chick Stevens -- a more reassuring mascot than the animals that took off with Frontier's reincarnation. But still, Republic was wise to stick with the high-flying Frontier brand, and permanently ground the stodgy Midwest.

As a consolation prize, though, the airline has created a badger mascot. But to properly commemorate Midwest, it should use a whole different animal.

The mosquito, perhaps. When I think of my childhood in the Midwest, that's an omnipresent image.

Or the alewives, the fish that regularly washed up on the beaches of Lake Michigan.

But the most appropriate choice might be a Wisconsin dairy cow. Name her Millie, after Milwaukee, the home base of Midwest.

Frontier could honor her namesake by offering up a nice glass of milk with all those fresh-baked chocolate-chip cookies it will also be serving up to remember Midwest

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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