In the Corporate World, Is Bigger Badder?
Doing business with the little guy is probably a good idea
Oct. 4, 2005: Vol. 1, Issue #36
IN THE NEWS
With his father, W. K. Swan, Ken Swan was the creator of discovery cruising. From the early 1950s, Swan Hellenic offered excursions, led by scholars, diplomats, clerics or naturalists, to historical and archaeological sites-initially around the Mediterranean, and, after 1980, farther afield.
--"Ken Swan, OBE, former managing director of Swan Hellenic, was born on April 3, 1919. He died on Aug. 21, 2005, aged 86."
The Times of London, Sept. 30, 2005
Chuck Williams, who turns 90 on Sunday, is credited with introducing American consumers to restaurant-quality European cookware and small appliances and displaying them in a glamorous setting.
"The King of Cookware: Williams-Sonoma Founder, Turning 90, Put Pots and Pans On a Pedestal"
The Washington Post, Sept. 28, 2005
Every Thanksgiving at the home of my cousins, Jim and Twink Wood, in Mount Kisco, N.Y., my wife, Peggy, and I would find ourselves in conversation with a wonderfully low-key, elegant and affable couple, architect Edward Larrabee Barnes and his wife, Mary.
At a gathering in the late 1970s, Mary regaled us with tales of Egypt, urged us to go, and strongly recommended that we travel with Swan Hellenic, a family-owned British company.
We did that, signing up with Swan Hellenic for a two-week trip the entire length of the Nile, starting at Aswan and ending in Cairo over Christmas in 1980.
After touring Cairo for a couple of days, we were shepherded to the airport for a flight to Aswan. The little EgyptAir 727 had a slight crack in the windshield. Upon take-off, the plane hit a duck in flight, destroying the windshield entirely. We landed safely in Luxor, which was the next scheduled stop. The injured jet plane was a puddle jumper that picked up and discharged passengers along the Cairo-Luxor-Aswan-Abu Simbel route and back again.