AARP: “The Power to Make it Better”? Not Always

February 28, 2008

One of the silver linings (no pun intended) of turning 50 was, I thought, becoming eligible for membership in the AARP. While I didn’t know much about the specifics of what they do, I had always had a generally positive perception of the organization. My impression in a nutshell? They worked doggedly to serve members’… Read more

How Very Unrewarding, Starwood

February 25, 2008

After months of trumpeting the Starwood Preferred Guest program and mere hours after reaffirming my preference for its Westin Hotels chain, I regrettably find myself doing a complete 180 as I declare a personal boycott of all Starwood properties. According to the New York Post, Starwood – whose properties include the Westin, Sheraton, St. Regis,… Read more

My Airline Blogs Have Been Grounded

October 5, 2007

Whenever I tell someone that I own and manage a PR firm, the response is almost always the same: “Wow, that must be great being the boss and getting to do whatever you want.” Their visions of me taking extended vacations and enjoying the stress-free existence that comes with not having to report to someone… Read more

Without Fear or Favor? The New York Times vs. Eli Lilly

September 25, 2007

One of my favorite Saturday morning rituals is to pass the early hours with a steaming cup of overpriced coffee and an ambitious pile of newspapers. Call me old school, but I prefer paper to pixels, relying on printed news sources over the online variety to keep me informed of the Big Picture stuff. As… Read more

Today’s Takes

September 7, 2007

Here’s a wrap-up of what other industry-watchers and media folks have been writing about this week: SABEW’s Talking Biz News points us over to Marketwatch’s commentary on the rumored tensions between CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo and Erin Burnett, and the reasons why the network needs to ensure there’s room for both. Shel Holtz takes issue with… Read more