Articles in Journeys

Editorial: Invoking John McCain on 9/11

It’s 9/11 again, this year the 17th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Relatives of those who died in the attacks will gather in Lower Manhattan, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, to commemorate the loss. Some relatives will wear or carry photographs of their loved ones. In Shanksville, visitors will walk through the Flight 93 National Memorial.
Names will be read. Flowers will be left. Mourners will embrace.
In 2015, …

No More Mr. Nice Guy: Is the Unpleasant Customer the New Norm?

Several recent experiences I had with customer service representatives gave me pause. Each thanked me at the end of the call for being “nice.” While I didn’t question it the first time, I did ask the second and third representatives why they were thanking me for merely being civil.
I had a broken part or product in each instance, in one case not under warranty, and I was …

Lobby Bar – September 7: Theo in the House, Send in the Clowns and ‘I’ll Take Leonardo DiCaprio for $200, Alex!’

Lobby Bar: An Alliterative Alliance of Fact and Fiction
Falling light zone. Theatergoers at a recent performance, at the National Yiddish Theatre, of “Fiddler on the Roof” honoring the late and prolific actor Theodore Bikel – who played the role of Tevye more times than any other performer – were surprised when, in the middle of the performance, a few familiar organ chords were heard and an unnoticed but very large chandelier …

‘Fantasia: Sounds & Sorcery’ at The Vaults – Theater Review

One of the most exciting entertainment venues I’ve ever stepped into is tucked below Waterloo station, hidden among the skyscrapers of London, and yet few Londoners have even heard of it. It’s the underground world of the Vaults and I’ve attended three shows at the venue.
Playing now through the end of September, “Fantasia: Sounds & Sorcery,” inspired by Disney’s “Fantasia,” is an immersive experience that made me feel like I …

‘Fiddler on the Roof’ at National Yiddish Theatre Honors Memory of Theodore Bikel, Famed for His Role as Tevye

The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene celebrated on Monday night the memory of Academy Award nominee Theodore Bikel, best known for portraying Tevye in the musical “Fiddler on the Roof.”
Theodore Bikel, one of the most versatile actors of stage and screen, died in 2015. He was a longtime supporter of the Folksbiene and starred in the role of Tevya in various productions a record 2,200 times.
Lyricist Sheldon Harnick, who collaborated with Joseph Stein …

Hamburger Economics 2018: Learning from the ‘Big Mac’ Index

Eighteen months ago, we took a look at a unique economic tool to gauge currency misalignment: the Big Mac Index, created by The Economist in 1986.
Since its inception – and it was first intended by its creators to be tongue-in-cheek and not necessarily a serious tool – it has become an invaluable way of understanding the relationship between the world’s currencies as they increase and decrease in relative value. It’s …

Great Moments in Travel History – September 2018

September marks the start of the meteorological autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and the meteorological spring in the Southern.  The month gets its name from the Latin word for seven, septem. It was the seventh month in the oldest known Roman calendar in which March was the first month.  After January and February were added to the calendar ahead of March in a calendar reform, September became the ninth month but …