lollar Coleman Lollar Columns for 1993
Coleman Lollar died in 1993 at the shockingly young age of 47. But he squeezed a lot of travel and a lot of writing about travel into that much-too-short life. He edited the magazine of the American Society of Travel Agents, was managing editor of Frequent Flyer magazine from 1980 to 1987 and wrote for Travel & Leisure magazine and Frequent Flyer until he died. I worked for him and he worked for me at Frequent Flyer and we worked together at T&L. It was never less than a joy. He was a supple writer with a sharp eye for detail and a real passion for wherever he was visiting. He especially loved Italy. (The Italians, he once told me, were as sophisticated as the French thought they were.) He was always fun. And in his last column for T&L, when he told readers of his impending death, he explained that his only regret was that there were places on the planet he'd never get to visit. -- Joe Brancatelli

It was one of those jolting, melancholy moments that overwhelm you even when you know full well what you’re going to see. Visiting New York recently, I walked over to Park Avenue and looked toward the summit of what had been the Pan Am Building. Sure enough, the big blue logo with its stylized globe was gone. I could barely make out the workers some 750 feet up, preparing to install the MetLife sign that would proclaim the building’s new name.

These columns originally appeared in Travel & Leisure magazine.

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