Articles in Journeys

Lobby Bar – April 29: Dancing in the Sky, a Flight and a Half, and How to Rickroll Somebody in 2016

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Lobby Bar – A Surprisingly Special Summary of FBT News and Views
Grand slam. The 2016 Greg Spira Baseball Research Award winner has been named, and will receive $1,000 for his essay.  This year, we only accepted submissions that were printed out, crumpled up, and batted into the window of our offices in midtown Manhattan.
Learn from history. Time to find out how many of our readers are up to date on …

Travel Quiz Results: Find Out How Many FBT Readers Are Smarter Than a 5th Grader


It’s been a big year for travel news: hotel mergers, scandals in the automotive industry, and the emergence of hotel robots. We at Frequent Business Traveler thought it would be fun to test our readers’ knowledge of this year’s eclectic mix of goings-on in the travel industry. Over 1,200 readers took the quiz and, we are sad to say, a majority of them may need a refresher course in what’s …

2016 Greg Spira Baseball Research Award Winner Named

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The winner of the 2016 Greg Spira Baseball Research Award, named in honor of Frequent Business Traveler’s late co-founder and managing editor, was announced Monday.
Jeff Long, a graduate of Loyola College in Maryland, and now a writer for Baseball Prospectus, won first prize for his essay, “Every Player in Its Right Place.”
The judges held that the essay exemplified the type of work that the Greg Spira Award was created to …

‘Meditations and Reflections on the Loss of a Sibling’ – Book About FBT Co-Founder Greg Spira – Published

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FBT Editorial Director Jonathan Spira lost his 44-year-old brother Greg, a co-founder of the magazine and well-known baseball writer and researcher, to kidney disease in 2011. He began keeping a journal the day Greg died as a form of therapy and those notes became the basis of a book, “Meditations and Reflections on the Loss of A Sibling: A Brother’s Lament.”
The book is based on the author’s experiences, and is intended …

Review: ‘School of Rock’ at Winter Garden Theater

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On a cold wintry day, well over a year ago, hundreds of children no more than five foot tall – with parents in tow – lined up outside the Winter Garden Theater on Broadway to audition for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s newest musical, “School of Rock.” The musical talent those young performers brought with them, an usher who was there that day told me, was immense and the theater experienced a …

Lobby Bar – April 22: Professional Kazoo Artists, Free Tickets to Hamilton, and Trees Learn to Drive


Lobby Bar – An Increasingly Irrelevant Summary of FBT News and Views
Ancient entertainment. American Airlines celebrated its 90th birthday last week by playing party games from 1926 – the year the airline was born. Join us for some rousing rounds of roll-the-wooden-hoop-down-the-street-with-a-stick while we use T9 texting with turn-of-the-century Nokia phones.
Boa constrictors. Here are five tips for traveling to Europe amidst the fog of recent terror attacks. Avoid standing out. …

Review: ‘American Visions’: Works by Gottschalk, Dvořák, Ives, and Crumb at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center


On Tuesday, at Alice Tully Hall, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center presented a selection of music inspired by America, as the program notes put it, with works by Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Antonin Dvořák, Charles Ives, and George Crumb.
While the composers crossed multiple centuries, the cross-generational instrumental talent included society veterans such as Gilbert Kalish on piano, baritone Randall Scarlata, as well as percussionists Christopher Froh, David Rosenbaum, Ayano …