Arlington Realtor, Former Pan Am Girl Meets Famous Con Man

See who Arlington's Mary Lou Bigelow met last Saturday night.

Arlington’s Mary Lou Bigelow, a local Realtor at Bowes Real Estate Real Living and former Pan Am flight attendant, went to the Saturday, Oct. 13, performance of the musical “Catch Me If You Can” at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Rhode Island in her old, classic blue uniform.

Bigelow (pictured second from right) and 23 other members of the Boston Chapter of World Wings International, the philanthropic organization of former Pan Am flight attendants, met Frank Abagnale Jr. at the show. Abagnale’s life is depicted in the musical, book and 2002 movie, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio, as Abagnale, and Tom Hanks.

From age 16-21, Abagnale posed as a Pan Am pilot, attorney, college professor and pediatrician, in addition to cashing $2.5 million in fraudulent checks in the United Sates and 26 other countries. For more than 35 years now, he has worked with hundreds of financial institutions, corporations and government agencies around the world.

During a “Q&A” with the audience after the show, when asked which former role he preferred, Abagnale said, with a chuckle and huge smile, “Pan Am pilot – with all the girls.”

Lynne October 18, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Marylou, Before becoming such an accomplished realtor, you led a very interesting life. And you look stunning in your Pan Am wear, by the way!
Mary Lou Bigelow October 19, 2012 at 03:26 AM
It was fun to relive flight attendant life if but for just a day! Meeting Frank Abagnale was great. He is a charming gentleman and the audience loved listening to him during his Q&A. Of course we Pan Am girls always enjoy his company. He is on the Addvisory Board of World Wings International (philosophical organization of former Pan Am flight attendants.)
Mary Lou Bigelow October 19, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Mary Lou Bigelow added more pictures taken at Catch Me If You Can the musical in Providence RI on October 13, 2012, including more of the former Pan Am "girls"
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Mary Lou Bigelow October 20, 2012 at 04:37 PM
You can see Frank Abagnale comment in the promo about the musical Catch Me if You Can! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbOGFG8ldvY
MaryEllen Giolito October 21, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Great story and what a legacy he's left and co tinues to build on. I've Been in banking 25 yrs and for several of those early yrs his videos were played at our annual security and fraud training. He really left a mark, watermark if you will, on myself and other young people in banking at the time helping us with what and where our focus should be. Thank you.
PATRICIA SNITZER October 25, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Such a realtor. (:


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