One of the more enjoyable theories that floated to the surface near the end of season six of Mad Men was the D.B. Cooper theory, a Northwest Airlines hijacker who parachuted into oblivion in 1971 with $200,000 tied around his waist.
In 1971 one of the most bizarre and fascinating cases of air piracy in American aviation history — and currently the only unsolved one — was carried out by a man with an alias, wearing a perfectly pressed dark suit and dark sunglasses, with a cigarette in one hand and a bourbon and soda in the other. No one was killed. No one was hurt. No chaos or terror was caused. It was a hijacking conducted without a known motive, by a well-spoken man who then disappeared and was never identified, found or heard from again. It was as though he never happened.
It’s not a theory that I subscribe to, but it’s fun, and the Don Draper airplane opening to this season of Mad Men will most likely fan the flames.
Me? I think the plane merely suggests that Don Draper is going to be doing a lot of commuting between New York and Los Angeles.
From the looks of the poster, Cheech and Chong may show up, too.