The Passing of Peter Jennings
But more and more I think it makes sense for corporations not only to have a no-smoking policy in the workplace, but a no-smoking policy period.
Takeaway Points to Consider
* Peter Jennings, who reportedly made $10 million a year, was diagnosed with cancer last April and immediately went off the air to begin treatment. Presumably he was on salary during the four months of his illness, so ABC was out more than $3 million. Further, it’s doubtful that Elizabeth Vargas and Charles Gibson were filling in for free.
* Although he never again went on the air, Jennings reportedly used to come in to ABC between treatments to give his input. One can only imagine the sadness and crimp in morale as this wonderfully urbane and elegant professional showed up, probably bald from chemo treatments and reminding everyone of their own mortality.
* A move is afoot in this country not only to ban smoking in the workplace, but also to require employees to be completely tobacco free.
* Think about it.
Letters to the Editor
In response to “A Celebration for Women Everywhere,” which was published on July 26, 2005:
I think there are some very legitimate reasons why many musicians of the Baltimore Symphony expressed concern with the selection of Marin Alsop as Music Director. The critical reviews of her performances and recordings have not been universally positive ... in fact, quite a few have been quite negative. The (few) recordings that I have heard conducted by Alsop have not impressed me, either.
I don’t believe that most U.S. musicians today apply a gender “filter” to their preferences. Of course, there have historically been many more women “superstars” among the ranks of violinists, cellists, pianists, etc. But there has also been acclaim for female conductors.