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Category: News - Briefs Created: 10/31/2005 10:44 AM
URL(s):  Updated: 05/10/2010 06:57 PM
Trader Jon's Lives!
Memorabilia collection saved by National Museum of Naval Aviation
By Mike Whaley
The law firm that purchased the historic memorabilia collection from Trader Jon's bar in Pensacola, FL - a rite of passage for nearly every US Naval Aviator for many decades until it closed for good in 2003 - has donated the entire collection to the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola. (Wow, maybe there is such a thing as a good lawyer, after all.) The 10,000 piece collection, said to be worth around $2 million, features a dazzling array of items and photos representing most of the history of US Naval aviation - including a bunch of items from the Blue Angels, who were well-known patrons of the bar - and regardless of it's monetary value, is truly irreplaceable. Much of the memorabilia was traded by sailors and aircrews for free drinks. The Naval Museum will eventually put the collection on display so that current and future generations can understand the legend that was Trader Jon's.

What's even better is that the memorabilia might even be displayed in a re-created Trader Jon's on the waterfront in Pensacola, in a proposed maritime park. Retired Vice Adm. Jack Fetterman, CEO and president of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation - is strongly supportive of such a venture. "If we can get the maritime waterfront going, then this memorabilia and a re-creation of Trader Jon's, with a restaurant, would support a maritime museum." Should the park not come to pass, Fetterman said that another stand-alone venue could be developed to display the collection.

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