Nobody Asked me, But... A Hotel Consultant's Eclectic Opinions
For the past 25 years, I have written hundreds of articles, columns, essays, editorials and blogs. They have appeared in many different formats. Before the Internet, I was published in the following print outlets: Cornell Quarterly, Lodging Hospitality, Hotel & Motel Management, National Real Estate Investor, The Bottomline, The Info Franchise Newsletter, Lodging, The Franchisee Voice, AAHOA Lodging Business, Arizona Hospitality Trends, Successful Hotel Marketer, the New York Times, the Wall St. Journal, etc.
My most recent published articles have appeared under the title "Nobody Asked Me, But..." (NAMB). This title was created by the late, legendary New York sportswriter Jimmy Cannon whose best columns (from the Daily News, New York Post and Newsday) were selected and edited by his two brothers Jack and Tom Cannon: "Nobody Asked Me, But... The World of Jimmy Cannon." (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York 1978) Jimmy Cannon was an ace sportswriter: well-known and well-liked with a special quality of personality in print and in life. He thrived in a world of color and excitement, the intermingling arena of sports and Broadway society.
My world of color and excitement is the hotel industry which has instructed, nourished and excited me for many years.
From 2004 through 2012, I wrote 100 "Nobody Asked Me, But..." columns which appeared mostly on the Hotel-Online and Hotel Interactive websites and were often reproduced on the BlueMauMau, HotelNewsResource, e-hospitality, hsyndicate websites. They cover a wide variety of hotel subjects: feasibility studies, fair franchising, Cuba, exterior corridor controversy, franchise advisory councils, franchise fiduciary duty, arbitration, great American hoteliers, AAHOAs origin, various hotel histories, landmark litigation cases, and many more. I asked impertinent questions in search of pertinent answers. NAMB No. 1 asked the following questions (among 14 others):
- Does anyone take a bath in a hotel bathroom?
- Did you know that in 1900: the average life expectancy in the United States was 47; only 14% of the homes had a bathtub; there were only 8000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads; Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa and Tennessee were each more heavily populated than California; more than 95% of all births took place at home; the population of Las Vegas, Nevada was only 30 people?
- Why do hotel blackout drapes close to all except the last half inch which provides exactly the angle at which the very first 6:05 sunrise beam slants right into your eyes?