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Southwest CEO shares success story

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SEGUIN — When Gary Kelly first encountered Southwest Airlines, he was not optimistic about its chances for success.

“My very first flight was on Southwest Airlines,” recalled Kelly who at that time was a 17-year-old high school senior who had been a standout in football and was being recruited to play college ball.

The year was 1972, and Southwest was only about a year old when Kelly flew from San Antonio to Houston for a visit to Rice University.

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