Author Arthur Hailey, who wrote some of my favorite books, would be 101 today. I’ve read several of his books, including Hotel (1965), Airport (1968), The Moneychangers (1975), and The Evening News (1990). Airport was adapted for the screen by George Seaton in 1970; the movie starred Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Jean Seburg, and a host of other actors and actresses. It’s considered the first of the so-called "disaster film" genre, and at the time outperformed Spartacus for Universal Studios. Session guitarist Vinnie Bell, one of the pioneers in electronic effects, recorded Alfred Newman’s "Airport Love Theme" and issued it as a single in 1970; it reached #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #31 on the Hot 100.
On a personal note, if you’ve never read Airport or seen the movie, do both.