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.
MARCH 1: TRAVELING WISELY IN TROUBLED TIMES
My first thought after the Gulf War started was to keep my plans for a trip to Tunisia. Then I stopped kidding myself—and made the prudent decision. As I placed the call to cancel the trip, it hit me: For the first time in my life I was a minor victim of terrorism. My distress certainly pales in comparison with recent events, but it foreshadowed the dilemma American travelers now face.