Rundown for the week of July 3, 1999
Alligators in Colorado?
Sometimes, even the most well-planned vacation takes you on an most
unlikely adventure. A few months ago, the Savvy Traveler's Judie Fein had a
close encounter of the really unexpected and potentially dangerous kind,
high up in the western mountains.
Your Answers: Showing off Your Hometown
Rudy asks listeners about what's special about their hometown. He mentions:
- Tuscaloosa, Alabama
- Oxford, Mississippi
- Homer, Alaska
Adam Lloyd Interview
Before the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, the travel
industry nearly ignored the disabled traveler. But the situation has changed
for the better since that time. The Census Bureau reports that 21 percent of
all Americans are disabled. Of those the Society for the Advancement of
Travel for the Handicapped says that a large percentage travel for business or pleasure each year. Adam Lloyd is a freelancer writer, who's been traveling with a disability since he was teen. His thoughts about overcoming the barriers that
keep those with special needs from seeing the world have appeared in British
Airways in-flight magazine.
Leaning Tower(s) of Pisa
The first direct flights from the U.S. to the Italian city of Pisa have just
started. It comes just as a team of international experts reckon they've
found a way to save the leaning tower of Pisa from finally succumbing to
gravity and collapsing. So it seemed a good time for the Savvy Traveler's
Martin Stott to head down there to check out the city and its famous
leaning tower ...or should that be leaning towers?
Deal of the Week
A week-long United frenzy.
Rudy takes listeners' general questions about travel. He mentions:
- Cruising Down the Yangtze River
- Smoking In-Flight
According to the Red Cross's newly released "World Disasters Report", last
year's season of natural disasters was the worst on record. The report
cites socio-economic conditions and quote "human-driven climate change" as
the two main reasons. Has it come to the point where humans are wreaking so
much havoc that the earth has decided to fight back? Drought, flooding,
hurricanes, El Nino ... and now the "Disasters Report" warns us, it could
get even worse. So we asked Paul Douglas, our Minneapolis meteorologist, if
he buys into this gloomy prediction.
We go on another Bad Taste Tour...this time to the Burlesque Museum
where it sounds like the names may have been more interesting than the acts!
Clip: "Cupcakes Cassidy, there were a lot of Cupcakes, Cupcakes O'Brien, uh
there was Marsha Mellow, the toast of the town".
Hmmm, maybe I need a new stage name...never mind. We're going to hear what the
airlines are doing about air rage, and all you parents out there....help
each other out.
We're hearing your best tips for keeping your kids happy on those long
they just seem long... All that and much more during next week's edition of
The Savvy Traveler.
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