At 3:30 I met my longtime (12 visits? 13?) Kellogg School host Anne Coughlan, and we chatted across a range of topics for 90 minutes. At five we met co-presenter Karen Klein, General Counsel of Kayak, the travel search engine. From 6:30 to 8, Karen and I spoke, a good talk (though not one of my better – must be out of practice!). Peeled off at 8, back to the hotel for a couple of hours of Olympics on TV.
Up early Friday morning, and onto the PACE bus across the northern suburbs to Des Plaines. Met my friend Rick Dow. I met Rick in 1986 after Northwest gobbled up our plucky little Republic Airlines. He was one of the few NWA people who had any marketing sense. And he still does, in abundance – for the last several years he has headed the marketing team at Midas, the brakes and mufflers shops. But he’s way more than an astute business mind, he’s a really fine person, fellow gramps, humane. We had a delightful breakfast and he drove me to O’Hare. Long friendships are such a joy and blessing.
I was back in Texas at 1:30. Motored to a client meeting, got stuck in rush hour, and was home walking MacKenzie by 7:00.