Farewell, SkyMall, you'll be missed

This Mounted Squirrel Head ($24.99) could be yours - or could have been, if you'd shopped from the now-defunct SkyMall in-flight catalog.

SkyMall

It was in all the papers. You probably saw it sandwiched amidst all the other more important news that ranged from awful to terrible, and it made me a little sad.

SkyMall, that catalog of oddball stuff we used to find on every airplane, is going out of business -- another victim of iPhones and iPads.

The catalog once had the world's largest captive audience: Airline passengers looking for an excuse not to talk to the know-it-all in the other seat.


Instead, we could peruse the catalog of products that ranged from the statue of Big Foot to life-size suits of armor built to stand smartly in a corner of the family den.

Now we can just lose ourselves in the electronic devices. Too bad, really.

I logged many airline hours fantasizing about what my wife and kids would say if something from the catalog -- maybe the mounted squirrel head -- showed up at our house. "Oh, Dad!"

For years, I planned to buy the pink flamingos on a stick and plant them some night in the yards of chosen friends.

But I never did, and now it's too late.

Time marches on, tastes change. I don't think the catalog's latest edition even included flamingos.

I'm gonna miss that catalog!

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