| Stanley Turkel
| Dec 6 | hotel
In 1950, the hotel industry picked the late E. M. Statler as the "Hotel Man of the Half Century," even though he had been dead for 22 years. Statler's impact on innkeeping was so great, no one else even came close. While many considered Statler the premier hotel figure, he was not a typical executive. A plain, rugged man who started to work at age 9, he continued to wear $20 suits and $4 shoes even after he became successful, and resembled Will Rogers more than Rudolph Valentino.
When Statler began in the hotel business, the following practices were commonplace:
Some hotels specifically forbade guests from spitting on the carpets, lying in bed with their boots on or driving nails into the furniture.
Even the better hotels had shared bathroom facilities. Bathtubs were...