Temple Grandin flies coach

On a Southwest Airlines flight from Amarillo to Denver recently, Sam and Dr. Grandin sat across the aisle from each other.

Michael was the only other person in our family who recognized her. Sam couldn’t make the connection between the photos and the real person. It took Michael a minute to realize why I didn’t want to stop and introduce ourselves. I have no idea whether Dr. Grandin would feel overwhelmed by strangers doing that, but Sam would.

Dr. Grandin spent the flight reading the Wall Street Journal. Sam liked looking past his sister and me to see out the window. Probably no one else on the flight noticed all the famous people on the plane.

As Sam says, “I’m a little bit famous.”

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