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Herb Kelleher

Mike Stone / Associated Press

As soon as a drum line marched onto the stage, you knew this was not going to be a mournful, melancholy memorial service for Herb Kelleher.

Associated Press

The staff of Southwest Airlines will gather today in Dallas to celebrate the life of Herb Kelleher. The co-founder and longtime CEO died January 3rd at age 87. Kelleher helped build Southwest into a major player in the airline industry, but commentator Lee Cullum remembers the fight just to get the carrier off the ground.

The Associated Press / Rex C. Curry

Southwest Airlines co-founder Herb Kelleher, the colorful character who built an upstart Texas carrier into a high-flying powerhouse, died Thursday, the airline announced. He was 87.