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Jack was born on 30 September 1922 in Kirkcaldy, Scotland. His career in the British Armed Forces lasted between 1940 and 1946. Jack served in the Royal Marines with R.M. Commandos in Yugoslavia; he was a sergeant at the age of 19 and was twice wounded in action.
In the 1950s, after teaching at an approved school at Whittingham in East Lothian, Scotland, Sandy moved to Uganda. There he was the principal of a teacher training college at Ngora for a number of years. Later he worked in Qatar in the Middle East.
Sandy Jack lived in Methil in Fife, Scotland with his second wife Sheila. He had two sons. (He had another two sons by a previous marriage.) Before his death in 2002, Jack was the Headmaster of Linnwood Hall in Fife.
Hoover Free Flights Promotion
Sandy Jack gained massive nationwide publicity from the Hoover free flights promotion and became a folk hero-like figure to customers waiting for their free flight tickets. Working with his publicity agent (Harry Cichy) and fellow pressure group member they were seldom out of the news.
- In 1992 Jack started legal action against Hoover. Jack v. Hoover set a precedent at the Sheriff Court in Kirkcaldy, Fife. Jack was the first person in the United Kingdom to take Hoover to court over the Hoover free flights promotion.
- In 1993 Jack and Harry Cichy formed the Hoover Holiday Pressure Group. The group was shown and recommended by the BBC Watchdog programme.
- In 1994 Jack, Cichy and Lee Robertson met with James Powell, Maytag Head of Communications, at Maytag HQ in Newton, Iowa. ABC TV have the three British citizens leaving Maytag HQ.[clarification needed]
- Jack and Cichy enlisted the help of Ralph Nader in the Hoover debacle. Len Hadley, Maytag CEO refused to talk to Nader over Hoover flight fiasco.
- In 1994, Jack received a standing ovation from Maytag shareholders when speaking on the Hoover flight promotion at the Maytag Corporation Annual General Meeting, chaired by Len Hadley.
- UK Whitegoods article Hoover Flights Saga Class Action
- BBC article Hoover's free flights fiasco recalled
- BBC Watchdog Hoover free flights fiasco
- Hoover - UK