by Kurt Stolz

As the families of those lost 19 years ago came together once again to honor their loved ones at the September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center, the nation faced a harrowing and devastating crisis that has yet to abate.
Nineteen years ago, four passenger jets were hijacked by terrorists.  Two slammed into the World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon, and one crashed into a field in …

Apple Unveils New Watch, iPad Air, and Fitness Service

by Kurt Stolz

At the company’s first virtual-only product launch, Apple introduced a new Apple Watch that is capable of measuring blood oxygen levels, a watch priced at a significantly lower price point than in the past, and a new iPad.
Unlike at past events in September where Apple would reveal its new line of iPhones, the iPhone 12 is expected to make its debut in mid-October due to pandemic-induced delays in production.
As a …

Review: Radio Swiss Classic Offers Infinite Variety of Composers and Artists

by Paul Riegler

Ten years ago, I reviewed the online broadcaster Radio Swiss Classic in these pages. Given that I have been listening practically nonstop to this station since the start of the pandemic, I thought it was once again time to bring it to our readers’ attention.
Commercial-free Radio Swiss Classic is operated by Swiss Satellite Radio, a division of Switzerland’s public broadcaster, SRG SSR, known in English as the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation.  I’ve …

United Airlines CEO: Travel Unlikely to Recover Until Broad Distribution of a Vaccine

by Anna Breuer

No other industry is feeling the impact of the coronavirus pandemic as much as travel and hospitality and airlines are on the front lines when it comes to losses in revenue, furloughs and layoffs, and general panic.
Scott Kirby, CEO of United Airlines, can tell you just how bad it is.
The pandemic has ravaged the airline industry, bringing business travel to a halt, preventing people from traveling internationally, and curbing leisure …

When Will It Be Safe to Sit in a Theater Without a Mask?

by Paul Riegler

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-disease specialist, said that will be “well into 2021” before life in the United States begins to resemble life prior to the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
“If you’re talking about getting back to a degree of normality which resembles where we were prior to Covid, it’s going to be well into 2021, maybe even towards the end of 2021,” Fauci said Friday in an …

Movie Review: ‘The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz’ on Amazon Prime Video

by Jonathan Spira

The 1960s hit television comedy “Hogan’s Heroes” used the tagline, “If you liked World War II, you’ll love ‘Hogan’s Heroes.’”  To paraphrase that thought, originally a quip by comedian Stan Freberg, I would say, “If you liked ‘Hogan’s Heroes,’ you’ll love ‘The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz.’” 
“Paula Schultz” is the story of a fictitious East German Olympic star (played brilliantly by Elke Sommer) and a bumbling group of Americans …

Why You Won’t Find Any Labor Day Blowout Sales for Cars and Appliances This Year

by Paul Riegler

Labor Day. One’s thoughts run to barbecues, beach, and blowout sales at appliance stores and car dealerships.
Something is missing, however, this year, namely those loud, boisterous commercials by car dealers and appliance salesmen touting never-before-seen savings.  As a result, car and appliance buyers are in for a disappointment.
In recent months, car sales are down some 20% but prices are setting records despite the slowdown.
The situation is a bit different for appliance …

Dr. Fauci’s Six Tips for a Safe Labor Day Weekend

by Anna Breuer

Monday is Labor Day and millions will take advantage of the three-day weekend to travel and see friends.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the country’s leading expert on infectious diseases, told the nation’s governors that peoples’ behavior over the holiday weekend will be crucial in determining whether the country can get a “running start” on stemming the pandemic in the fall.
“The …