19 Sep 2013

Oh, the people you meet when riding the elevator all evening

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Sometimes I like to play a little game in my life called “Crazy Person.” A couple of months ago I played this game and interviewed the Pfister lion. Then I played a round last Friday night and rode the hotel elevators for a couple of hours, drugstore asking anyone who got on or off where […]

16 Sep 2013

Newlyweds at 90

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Sure, lots of brides and grooms stay at the Pfister Hotel, but as 90-year-old newlyweds, Ernie and Harriet are quite special. Their unique situation was apparent to their families who lovingly helped plan their wedding – and it was also recognized by every guest in the Lobby Lounge on Saturday night. When the couple rolled through with […]

11 Sep 2013

We’re making a book

We’re making a book

Pfister artist-in-residence Stephanie Barenz is compiling a book that will include the works that she created / creates during her one-year tenure at the hotel and I am excited and honored to contribute copy. “My intention for the book is to visually record the stories that walked into my studio as well as communicating themes of […]

8 Sep 2013

Stealing sips from drinks and other stories

Stealing sips from drinks and other stories

Since I started my narratorship at the Pfister in May, for sale I have become a master eavesdropper. It’s true: I can be sitting on the other side of the lounge or the cafe and if someone starts to tell a good story, I swear my ears double in size. This happened recently when I […]

31 Aug 2013

Finding our voices through zine-making

Many years ago, standing in line at the grocery store with my mother I wondered why the same faces were always on the covers of magazines. Meanwhile, I had notebooks filled with words and drawings, none of which I thought were good enough for public consumption. I mean, after all, I didn’t look like any […]

28 Aug 2013

In search of Uncle Sigurd’s story

In search of Uncle Sigurd’s story

It was research and the love of family that brought Norwegian genealogist Egil Johannessen to the Pfister. Egil visited the hotel with his wife, Jeanne Marie, and their 12-year-old son, Trygve Johann. The family lives in Larvik, Norway, a small town in the southern part of the country. They took a vacation this summer to […]