“I was born in the small town of Drogheda on the northeast coast of Ireland. I have a pretty big family there who love to come visit the U.S. every chance they get. My nieces have already planned their first visit to Pennsylvania as soon as the travel restrictions are lifted!”
Irish native Christine Carolan is the new program manager at the Travelers Aid program at Philadelphia International Airport, which started up only two months ago. She comes to Philadelphia after a 16+-year career at Hope Atlanta in Georgia, where she worked in operations and staff support — where there were certainly some perks involved!
“During my time in Atlanta, I got to do a few celebrity meet and greets at the airport. I was called by a TV show and asked to meet their ‘secret client’ at his arriving flight, and the name they gave me was Sy Sperling. I googled the name and found out that he was the president of the Hair Club for Men. The arriving passenger was actually John Stamos!”
Christine likely does not have a whole lot of free time these days with the demands of her new position, but she loves to cook — curry, enchiladas and soups are among her favorites, and “reading is my way to unwind; a good book in a quiet room is the best way to end the day!”
And yet another example of her excellent judgment is that she is “slightly obsessed with dogs. Here at the Philadelphia Airport, the Wagging Tails Brigade check in for their shift in my office — just another benefit of the job!”
Christine’s favorite place to vacation is Mons, Belgium. “It gives me the opportunity to practice my French, and I love the Grand Place, a large cobblestone square dotted with cafes. It’s a short drive to Paris and not far from Ireland!”
Growing up, among Christine’s favorite pasttimes were Irish dancing, playing piano and taking part in the “local pantomimes” (which are musical comedy stage productions designed for family entertainment). “I love musicals and I love to sing, but I am really bad at it! My favorite musical is West Side Story.”
Christine is looking forward to the Steven Spielberg remake of the original film, scheduled to be in U.S. theaters Dec. 10. “I am excited to see Speilberg’s modern-day twist on the Sharks and the Jetts and to see what updates Tony Kusher makes to the script. And to have Rita Moreno back will make it extra special for me and other fans of the movie!”