I'm from Minneapolis, so I was well aware of the company and its dire financial straits. I stayed on top of this and I was the only hotel to get paid, and the payments were made and the checks cleared.

We islanders have songs to sing and stories to tell.

The bank called me and told me to expect a big negative chunk because Northwest had declared bankruptcy and gone back and reversed the payments.

Basically all we can do is get a bankruptcy attorney and get in line.

The bank said, 'Come on, John, we can't do that,' but they both cleared the next day and the money was in the bank.