George Lamson Jr. sits patiently in his seat waiting for his flight to take off. Next to him is his father, the man after whom he is named. The plane, a Lockheed L-188 Electra operated by Galaxy Airlines, is heading for Minneapolis, Minnesota. But little does the teenager know how life-changing the following moments will prove to be.
A native of St. Paul, Lamson had spent that weekend in January 1985 in Reno with a group of other Minnesotans. Some of the group involved in chartering the flight had traveled down to Stamford, California, to see the Superbowl. Lamson, meanwhile, had stayed in nearby Lake Tahoe and loved it so much he’d told his father that he would someday like to live in nearby Reno.