The Pfister Narrator

Oprah's Clothes Make Nice at The Pfister

I’m immediately interested in the event called Oprah’s Closet in the former Roger Stevens store at the Pfister. “What in the world does one of the most powerful women in the world keep in her closet?” I think. Is she like me and uses her closet to hang…

04 Sep 9:09 AM 0 Read More...

Southern Discomfort

I can’t help but overhear the fella at the bar with the full glass of Scotch placed before him at 2:30 in the afternoon on a weekday.

He’s a loud talker, and the round sounds coming at the end of his sentences tells me that he has…

29 Aug 6:08 PM 0 Read More...

The Birthday Girl Answers the Birthday Questions

My ears perked up the minute I heard Dr. Hollander playing the familiar strains of “Happy Birthday.” It’s certainly one of my favorite tunes, and the venerable Dr. Jeffrey Hollander, our long-admired pianist in the Lobby Lounge, pounds it out well on the old ivories.

I scanned the…

23 Aug 3:59 PM 0 Read More...

One Night Only in the Lobby Lounge...DeLorenzo and Rivers!

Victor DeLorenzo and I share a few things when it comes to Milwaukee. One of those is history. The other is the Pfister.

Let’s get the history right out of the way, shall we. Many years ago Victor and I first crossed paths when we had both been cast…

21 Aug 5:26 PM 0 Read More...

The Golden Tee Time of My Life

Right now, there is literally nothing in the world that can contain my joy and happiness. I just had, to say the least, a great moment at the Pfister.

Today I itched my thirteen-year-old boy scratch at the Pfister. And no, I didn’t finally get up the…

14 Aug 1:36 PM 0 Read More...

This Week Everyone Looks Great in Spandex and Running Shoes

Picking someone to talk to in the Pfister Lobby who is decked out in spandex shorts and isn’t afraid to sweat a little is like shooting fish in a barrel for the next few days.

Milwaukee seems to be the fitness center of the world this week, and the…

06 Aug 4:44 PM 0 Read More...

It Is Time to Speak of Cake

I have some great stories to tell you all about some great Pfister visitors.

But not today. Today it is finally time to speak of cake.

It’s a languid summer day here at the Pfister, and on days like this guests are relaxed and casual. There’s a couple…

05 Aug 6:10 PM 0 Read More...

Tickled Ivories and the Wisdom of Pearls

Sometimes when you think you’re part of the show, you actually end up spending some time in the audience. When you’re in the middle of performing and you get surprised by something that captures your eye that when things get real—and good.

I recently had the unique…

31 Jul 3:05 PM 2 Read More...

This Side

Todd Mrozinski and Nina Bednarksi unveiled the delicious paintings that make up the Infinite Landscapes show in the Pfister’s Pop Up Gallery as their contribution to Gallery Night and Day last night. This story was inspired by their artistry and the alchemy of their talented eyes and I read…

25 Jul 1:44 PM 0 Read More...

Thanks for Keeping it Classy Northwestern Mutual Life

Northwestern Mutual Life…you folks really know how to keep it classy. Well done. Very well done.

I have so many nice thoughts from visitors I encountered who were in town for your recent annual conference. You do the city proud, and your glorious presence as a part of the…

23 Jul 12:15 PM 0 Read More...

Nobody Ever Writes About the Travel Writer, so I’m Writing About the Travel Writer

One of the great joys I have as a writer is to meet other writers. Typically a writer meet up is filled with quotable quips, hair-pin turns of phrases, and good humored word-wise one-upmanship. It’s the literary equivalent of dogs sniffing one another’s behinds.

So…

22 Jul 8:30 AM 0 Read More...

A Few Words for the Milwaukee Lion from the Pfister Lion

BREAKING NEWS: The Pfister Lion has released this statement in response to recent reports of Milwaukee citizens sighting what has been dubbed The Milwaukee Lion.
Dear Sir,

How dare you! How dare you, I say!

This temerity must end, and it must end now!

Your audacious behavior, now, during Milwaukee…

21 Jul 7:09 PM 0 Read More...

All Eyes on Couple Number One

It is a crowded night at Blu. The room is full of stylish couples and solo swells who have all come to get their drink on. It’s a smart choice for cocktailing when there is such a delectable selection of boozy elixirs available 23 floors above ground level and…

20 Jul 1:35 PM 0 Read More...

Five Ways to Avoid Spending Your Wedding Anniversary Weeping When Your Spouse is Out of Town

This piece of mini literature is all about me not crying my eyes out. Straight out of the gate I must fall to my knees and thank all my friends at the Pfister Hotel from preventing that shirt dampening tragedy from taking place.

This past Monday was my 14th wedding…

15 Jul 11:30 PM 1 Read More...

The Kid Definitely Stays in the Picture

Jennifer took about half a second to consider the set up for the photographer’s shot.

The kid stays in the picture.

The kid in question is named Maggie, and she is squiggly, giggly, and adorable as she is expertly curled in her mom Jennifer’s arms. And the picture…

10 Jul 7:58 PM 0 Read More...

The Many Miles Man

Three days. Not a day less. That was my guess.

By the tight grip of his jaw, I knew the man seated alone at a table next to a window in Blu had to have been on the road for at least three days.

I was almost right.

David had…

09 Jul 11:13 AM 0 Read More...

It's the Last Word When Tom Says It's the Last Word

“How do I share this on my friend’s page?”

It was late morning in the Lobby Bar and a gruff guy named Tom was fiddling with his smart phone. There are plenty of reasons for gruff guys to be in a bar before noon—a quick one after third…

08 Jul 10:21 PM 0 Read More...

We’ll Always Have Paris so Let Me Tell You About a Loo with a View

Eloise had a lot of reasons to be entranced by a life as a denizen of the famed Plaza Hotel. Room service, battling wits with Mr. Salomone, her trippy little turtle Skipperdee, and the view from the tippy-top floor of a grand hotel were just a few of the…

06 Jul 8:10 AM 0 Read More...

A Dearth of Drips at Water Summit 2015

Today, the Pfister Hotel is swarming with guests who are excited about the opening day of Summerfest.

So, let’s talk about the most important thing about Summerfest.

Water.

One thing that you pick up on after spending some time at the Pfister is that this hotel is not just…

24 Jun 1:47 PM 0 Read More...

Wine Is on My Side, Yes it Is

You may or may not have heard that there is a group of AARP eligible musicians playing in Milwaukee tonight at the Marcus Amphitheater. And lest you think that I’m hobnobbing with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ron Wood right now, fear not. Those cats are too…

23 Jun 5:36 PM 1 Read More...

The Earl of Soggy Sandwich

“We have great meat in our sandwich, but the bread is pretty soggy.”

Now how can you fault a guy for eavesdropping on a conversation with that line?

One of the realities of being a writer who spends his time seeking out drama and intrigue and laughs and pretty bridesmaids…

22 Jun 9:38 PM 0 Read More...

Of Fathers and Sons and Hugs

Joe and Simon hugged themselves into a booth at the Café at the Pfister on a Saturday afternoon. They stopped for a quick nosh before scrubbing up for a wedding on the 7th floor. These gents looked like they had invented hugging, and I was immediately impressed.

I watched this…

21 Jun 8:48 AM 0 Read More...

Art and Stuff? I Mean, What Do I Know?

I’m not a cultural critic. I mean, what do I know?

I’m just a guy who hangs out in classy hotels with his mouth open in awe most of the time.

Case in point…at the opening of Biography of a Stitch, the first show in the Pfister…

16 Jun 11:36 AM 0 Read More...

How to Dig Yourself Into a Hole of Uncomfortable Depth in Under Sixty Seconds

The standard question to ask when you see a gathering of three young ladies in the Lobby Lounge with a few drinks backed up in front of themselves and one of those young ladies is wearing a bridal veil is, “So when are you getting married?”

I asked the standard…

12 Jun 4:14 PM 0 Read More...

Regular Regulators Regulating Regularly

There is a certain juvenile streak in me that really, really makes it hard to stop from asking one of the participants at the Mid-America Regulatory Commissioners Conference, “So what do you do to keep everyone regular?”

But, I have a sense of decorum. I wear bow ties. And…

11 Jun 10:06 AM 0 Read More...
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