Layover Episode: Eastern Airlines Flight 212 Continued: The Colbert Family Story

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When Eastern Airlines 212 crashed on September 11, 1974, just short of the runway, 72 people were killed, including 3 members of the Colbert family. Their loss forever changed their remaining family members, including then 10 year old Stephen Colbert, who would later become a world-known comedian. In this exclusive layover episode just for Patreon, Shelly shares how Stephen ended up finding joy in the darkest of places.

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Written and produced by: Shelly Price and Stephanie Hubka
Directed and engineered at: Snow Monster Studios
Sound editor: Podcast Engineers
Producer: Adam Hubka
Music by: Mike Dunn

The Colbert family gravesite. Source:

Dr. James W. Colbert, Jr, and his sons, Peter (18) and Paul (15)

The Colbert Family, 1968. Source: MUSC Library