Say Goodbye to Summer: The Autumnal Equinox is Tuesday

by Anna Breuer

The weather outside may not yet be frightful, but the slight chill in the air is indicative that summer is coming to an end.  Indeed, the first day of autumn is not only just around the corner, but it is tomorrow, September 22.
The seasons change on the day of the autumnal equinox, the second of two equinoxes each year.
What exactly is an equinox and what does it signify? Each year, …

Seinfeld, Senator Schumer, and Broadway League Rally to ‘Save Our Stages’

by Paul Riegler

Theaters in much of the United States have been dark since mid March and many theater owners fear they may never be able to reopen.
Meanwhile, the aptly-named Save Our Stages Act, a bi-partisan bill introduced earlier in the summer by Senators Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat, and John Cornyn, a Republican, would provide six months of Small Business Administration grants to live music venue operators who have been devastated by the …

Review and Test Drive: 2020 Lexus LS 500 F Sport AWD

by Jonathan Spira

We last looked at Lexus’ flagship LS in standard LS and LS Hybrid guise late last year and this summer turned our sights towards their more powerful sibling, the LS 500 F Sport AWD.
Now in its fifth generation, the original Lexus LS, launched in the same year that the marque was, namely 1989, turned the automotive industry on its ear.  Back then, Lexus stunned the automotive world with a luxury …

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 …