January, 1995: My first trip of 1995 was to South Bend, Indiana, where I conducted an air talent seminar for David Hayes and the folks at Federated Media. Most memorable about this trip:
1) My two pieces of luggage were the very first two items to appear on the Baggage Claim carousel (always a good feeling).
2) I drove back to O’Hare Airport in a blizzard, unable to keep my windshield clean enough to see through. Which meant I made the entire drive, at night, with my head sticking out the driver’s side window, being lacerated by the icy snow & rain. It was nowhere as fun as it sounds.
Later that month Jim Wychor brought me to Minneapolis for my fourth engagement with the Minnesota Broadcasters Association. His annual winter convention had grown into a genuine regional event, attracting attendees from seven states. (Jim had me conduct Air Personality Plus+ on one day, How To Get Rich Through Re-Orders on the next day.)
The only glitch was beyond Jim’s control. As I surveyed our meeting room an hour before our start time, I noticed some big, gaping holes in the ceiling. They were air conditioning ducts… without tubing or grates to cover them up.
When the air conditioning came on, anyone within range was blasted with cold air and any papers in the area blew around the room.
I called for the hotel’s maintenance expert, who surveyed the situation and said, “Well, it should only be a problem whenever the air conditioning comes on.” And then he turned to leave.
I did not find this response to be completely satisfactory. A quick call brought in the Catering Manager, who agreed this was a less than ideal arrangement and somehow managed to find someone to fix it.