Debbie and my home away from home is in Boston, by far and away our favorite big city in America. I started visiting the old Ritz Boston, now the Taj Boston, (not the current ghastly Ritz rendition) in 1964 after Ed Rosenberg, a prior Babson professor, had given me my entry job in the securities industry. And note I said visit! Certainly on the micro salary Ed was paying me, I could not afford one of those luxurious, strato-priced Ritz suites.
In the sixties, the Ritz had elevator operators using a great brass wheel as the control. Lovely. In later years, while beavering away at the international research and trading investment house Model Roland & Co., I held forth with memorable breakfasts with many of Boston’s premier institutional analysts and portfolio managers. It was so long ago that both Jack Bogle and John Neff were still at Wellington Management Co., my favorite institutional account. I remember like it was yesterday one wintry night in particular at the Ritz. I had scheduled what I had hoped would be a most magnificent and productive dinner party. Well, one of the worst snowstorms in history reduced my guest list to only a handful of the heartiest, thirstiest in-town souls.
I now go back almost 55 years at the Taj/Ritz. I have known all the marvelous Taj employees pictured here since each’s earliest days at Taj Boston. And that even includes Lindsey “Mr. Taj Front Door Ambassador,” who first came through the Taj/Ritz front door over 31 years ago. I rely on concierge desk facilitators Sarah and James for all our Boston/Taj special situations. Sarah was the first person I introduced family members to on the occasion of each’s initial visit to Taj/Boston. Vaughn and James are usually the two old Taj friends Debbie and I greet first after our welcoming assistance by Lindsey. We also look forward to seeing Ray and Giovanni when we visit the Taj. We would have been greatly distressed had any of our favorite Boston people left the Taj to move over to the new Ritz, but none, thankfully, made the move. Nor, of course, did Debbie and I.
Richard C. Young
Richard C. Young & Co. Ltd (Naples & Newport)
Young Research & Publishing Inc. (founded 1989)
Richardcyoung.com (the insight and incite site)
Originally posted July 4, 2016.