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.
OCTOBER 1: HOW GOOD IS CREDIT CARD COLLISION-DAMAGE COVERAGE?
The Collision Damage Waiver, bane of car renters and spoiler of travel budgets, is an endangered species. Goaded by state attorney generals and by the legislatures of several states, many major rental-car firms say they are prepared to chuck CDW charges, probably by 1990.
SEPTEMBER 1: LEARNING TO LOVE BEING BUMPED
A million U.S. airline passengers were bumped from flights last year--left behind at airports despite confirmed reservations. But relatively few tears were shed: most passengers who are bumped ask for it; some have even been known to brawl with other passengers for the right to give up their seats.
MARCH 1: COPING WITH THOSE NEW CARRY-ON LIMITS
Both travelers and airline employees are adapting fairly well to the more rigid carry-on baggage rules that went into effect on January 1. Tempers have not flared to the extent that gate agents feared, and improvised luggage-check counters (to accommodate rejected carry-on pieces) have not been needed at boarding gates.