Luciano Pavarotti passed away on the 6th of this month and, although I didn’t know him, it saddens me.

One of my favorite memories about being a flight attendant was a 1998 trip to Italy. Pavarotti was seated in first class. The famous tenor’s manager had arranged for our airline to provide a special meal on board. Once in the air, Pavarotti stepped into our galley to be sure that his request wasn’t causing any trouble. A jovial man, he made us laugh, broke out into song, and suggested we take a group photo. He was singing as he posed with me and some of our crew. (I’m just to the left of him, wearing a barrette.)

Before the month was out, I just wanted to recognize Pavarotti’s much appreciated good will and cheer. It made my flight and will not soon be forgotten.