I'm a year late in finding this blog post -- due to curiosity about why every SWA location has been "out" of timetables every time I've traveled over the past year. Like others, I'm sorry to see the printed timetable go - it had versatility that has yet to be duplicated in the various electronic options available. For many road warriors, despite being equipped with Blackberry, laptop, and other computer age necessities, a Southwest paper timetable was usually packed in the briefcase for reference.
Your mention of Owen Davies, the famous Chicago transportation paper dealer, brought back memories. Their willingness to undertake mail order transactions with a junior high student in the mid-1960s made me a lifelong customer until the store closed, and helped to cement my interest in public transportation.
If indeed the Southwest "book" has seen its last issue, thanks for writing a fitting epitaph for an interesting and colorful aspect of aviation history.
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