Coleman Lollar died in 1993 at the shockingly young age of 47. But he squeezed a lot of travel and a lot of writing about travel into that much-too-short life. He edited a magazine for travel agents, was managing editor of
Frequent Flyer magazine from 1980 to 1987 and wrote for
Travel & Leisure and
Frequent Flyer until he died. I worked for him and he worked for me at
Frequent Flyer. We worked together at
T&L. It was never less than a thrill. He was a supple writer with a sharp eye for detail and a real passion for travel. He especially loved Italy. (Italians, he once told me, were as sophisticated as the French thought they were.) And in his penultimate column for
T&L, when he told readers of his impending death, he explained that his only regret was that there were places on the planet he'd never get to visit. -- Joe Brancatelli.
SEPTEMBER 15: AFTER THE AIR CONTROLLERS STRIKE
The antiseptically clean severing of striking air traffic controllers from their job by President Reagan rallied most of the country to the side of the government. But not even a stoic president and his DOT surrogates can mask the potential for human disaster and financial ruin that could accompany the new airport order.
JULY 1: TOO BAD ABOUT THE FRENCH
It’s too bad about France. The awful way those mobs rose up and sent Francois Mitterrand into exile. The way parish priests seized the government and enthroned an anti-pope in Avignon. The ruthless way students at the Sorbonne took Americans hostage, demanding the return of the Statue of Liberty as their ransom.
These columns originally appeared in
Frequent Flyer magazine.