The World Needs to Continue to Don Masks Until Science Says Otherwise, Says Fauci

by Anna Breuer

Even though 40% of Americans have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, it’s imperative that people continue to don face masks for the time being, until we learn more about whether inoculated individuals can transmit the coronavirus, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Biden’s chief medical advisor.
“It is likely that if you are vaccinated, that you are not going to spread infection, if you get infected without any …

Review: ‘Blindness’ at the Daryl Roth Theatre – A Sound-and-Light Piece for the Pandemic Age

by Jonathan Spira

It was an odd thing, preparing for my first foray into a theater yet I was now entering one with (gasp!) other theatergoers.  Indeed, the Daryl Roth Theatre, which is presenting an audio adaptation of the novel “Blindness” with no live actors, has  made the experience pandemic-proof. Instead of actors on stage, the audience listens, via sanitized binaural headphones, to a story narrated by the British actress and Olivier winner …

Voltswagen is Dead. ‘Long Live Volkswagen’ Says Automaker After April Fool’s Stunt Fails

by Kurt Stolz

In a move reminiscent of when the International House of Pancakes said it was changing its name to IHOb, the International House of Burgers, a PR stunt that brought that brand great attention, Volkswagen of America said Monday it would change its name henceforth to Voltswagen.
The move, the automaker said, was to call attention to its new lineup of electric vehicles.
While VW intended this to be an April Fool’s Day …

Apple is 45 Years Old Today

by Anna Breuer

Apple, known until 2007 as Apple Computer, was founded 45 years ago today on April 1, 1976.
The company had three cofounders, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne, although Wayne sold his 10% share back to the company just 12 days after the company opened its doors.  Apple Computer, Inc. was incorporated in January 1977, to develop and sell Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer.
With a production line in Jobs’ garage, …

Study Urges Large Companies to Continue the Work-at-Home Culture into the Post-Pandemic Age

by Paul Riegler

ASSHOLMEN, SWEDEN, April 1 — On the opening day of its annual meeting, this year held as a hybrid-online event due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the American Service Society of Corporate Ambulatory Managers, or ASSCAM, announced the findings of a research report that revealed that the stay-at-home culture associated with the pandemic is working so well in lowering corporate travel costs that it should be instituted permanently.
Last year’s event …

Great Moments in Travel History – April 2021

by Jesse Sokolow

One year ago, we predicted that the “Great Moments” monthly feature would include multiple mentions of the various shutdowns and, one can only hope, some of the restarts of the Coronavirus Age.  As of now, reports of reopenings after the coronavirus pandemic-induced decline in travel will have to wait until the April 2022 edition, although reports of closings comprise the entirety of page three of this article.
Meanwhile, April, the fourth …

Airline Industry ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ for Uptick in Fall Travel

by Paul Riegler
Airline Industry ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ for Uptick in Fall Travel

The airline industry could see a return to sustainable passenger traffic by fall, the head of a major industry group said.
Speaking at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Aviation Summit 2021 on Wednesday, Nicholas Calio, CEO of Airlines for America, an industry trade group representing major U.S. carriers, said he was “cautiously optimistic” about a return to sustainable passenger levels.
Last week, American Airlines announced plans to return all of the aircraft …