Virtually everyone who wears wings of gold has been welcomed through the great oaken doors of Trader Jon's, the historic tavern in downtown Pensacola. But not only aviators have enjoyed its colorful proprietor and rich aviation motif. Countless celebrities from Bob Hope to Brooke Shields, generals and admirals, sailors and stevedores, and Pensacola natives—all have made it a port of call during its 45-year existence. No one has captured its ambiance better than Robert O'Connor did in the September 1998 Proceedings (pages 48-50).
Today, Trader Jon's is closed. Martin "Trader Jon" Weissman, in poor health and no longer able to run the place, has put it up for sale.