Nolan Getaways – 1993
Lewis and Betty Nolan
Dec, 29, 1992-Jan. 2, 2003: New Orleans &
May 29: Old Waverly, West
Gulf Shores, AL
May 31-June 1: Cleveland,
Jan. 18-21: Washington,
Jun. 8-10: Washington,
Feb. 1: Nashville
Jun. 12-22: Hawaii
Feb. 2: Washington,
Jun. 25: New York
Feb. 12-13: Nashville
Jun. 30-Jul. 1: Gulf
Feb. 17-20: Starkville
& West Point,
Jul. 2-11: Gulf
Mar. 1-3: Nashville
Jul. 24: Old Waverly, West Point, MS
Mar. 4-7: Tucson,
Jul. 26-27: Liberty Corner &
Mar. 21: Old Waverly, West Point
Aug. 1: Old Waverly, West
Mar. 25-26: Washington,
Aug. 5-8: Lacrosse, WI
Apr. 6-11: Gulf
Aug. 26-29: Charlottesville,
Apr. 12-13: Madison & Liberty Corner, NJ
Aug. 30-31: Cleveland,
Apr. 16-19: Atlanta
Sep. 25-26: Hot
Apr. 20-21: Madison & Liberty Corner, NJ
Sep. 30-Oct. 1: Madison
Apr. 22-23: Cleveland,
Oct. 30-Nov. 1: Charlottesville,
Apr. 23-25: Austin,
Nov. 2-4: Starkville,
Apr. 25-29: Madison & Liberty Corner, NJ
Nov. 11-12: Nashville
May 3-4: Kenilworth & Liberty Corner, NJ
Dec. 11-12: New
May 18: Old Waverly, West
Dec. 23-30: Gulf
(Page Updated Sept. 2, 2008)
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Orleans to See Anne Rice Home, Play Golf
Dec. 29, 1992-Jan. 2, 1993 – To New Orleans
and Gulf Shores, AL
I drove to New Orleans from
our condo at Gulf Shores, AL with Betty and our son, Casey, who had
spent Christmas on the beach with us. We enjoyed a great lunch at the Commanders Palace restaurant that included seafood
and sausage then drove around to see the classic, old homes of the Garden
District. One of the finest homes is that of famed supernatural novelist Anne
Rice, who lives most of the year in a restored mansion at 1239 First Street, on the northwest
corner of the intersection with Chestnut.
Her spacious, white wood house was the setting for her great
book “The Witching” I had recently completed. An employee at the nearby Commanders Palace
– which was credited in USA Today not long ago as the finest restaurant in the U.S. – said
that Anne Rice is a regular customer. Her home is about two blocks away.
The fabulous restaurant is across the street from the old Lafayette Cemetery, a setting of several scenes in
“The Witching” and a spooky old place. Its above-ground burial vaults are
mainly occupied by 19th Century victims of the Yellow Fever. They
were buried that way because of the high water table.
Later, we toured the interesting New Orleans Aquarium in the
French Quarter, near the Mississippi River. That
evening, we met Dr. Clyde Williams and his wife, Marsha, and their son Stephen
Williams in our favorite restaurant anywhere – Galatoires on Bourbon Street. Clyde is a longtime
friend who is an English Professor at my alma mater, Mississippi State
University. After a fine
but low-fat meal, Betty, Casey and I returned to the Sheraton Hotel on Canal
where we spent the night.
The next day, Casey and I played golf at City Park in
what I would classify as the Midtown section of New Orleans. I shot a decent score of 91 for
18 holes. Casey was frustrated at his fallow game and picked up.
That evening, we enjoyed a quite good dinner at Medina’s Restaurant on
Canal. Betty had spent much of the day shopping while Casey and I played golf.
She bought a beautiful evening gown at Saks Fifth Ave., thinking of the strong
possibility that we would attend an inaugural ball in Washington for newly elected
President Bill Clinton of Arkansas and Vice President Al Gore of Tennessee,
whose barbeque team I had organized and led for his Memphis in May appearances
while ihe represented Tennessee in the U.S. Senate.
The next day, December 31, Casey and I played some more golf
at City Park. I shot an 87 for 18 holes but
stood at 40 at the turn. We pulled out of New Orleans
at 3:34 p.m. for the long drive back to Gulf Shores
which took nearly 4 hours due to construction.
On January 1 and 2, Casey and I watched some holiday
football games on our condo’s TV and hit some golf balls at Cotton Creek. I did
some writing of my genealogy work dealing with long-gone forefathers in Massachusetts and we drove home to Memphis.
To Washington for Gala Presidential Inauguration
Jan.18-21, 1993 – To Washington,
Betty and I flew to Washington
to participate in the inaugural activities for newly elected President Bill
Clinton of Arkansas, where my company has a
major Maybelline plant, and Vice President Al Gore of Tennessee,
where we have our consumer operations center with major manufacturing and
distribution centers in Memphis and Cleveland in East Tennessee.
We stayed at the Hyatt Regency at Crystal City,
which compared unfavorably to other Hyatts where I have stayed. On the first
evening we attended a $1,500-a-plate dinner. Sitting at the Schering-Plough
table close to the speaker’s rostrum was the EPA Commissioner Designee Carol
Browner. I was able to introduce our company president, Dave Collins, to new
Tennessee Sen. Harlan Matthews, Gov. Ned McWherter and longtime political
leader Jim Hall, the designee to chairman of the National Transportation Safety
It was fun seeing so many political friends from Memphis at the inaugural
ball set aside for Vice President Gore, who paid $3,000 for the honor of
attending. Betty and I were dressed to the nines and had a great time. We got a
number of framed photos and invitatations to the inaugural ball put into special albums at our home. It was
also a treat standing on the mall and watching from a distance Gore being sworn
in as Vice President. I had a closer view of him and his wife, Tipper, at the
ball in their honor, as well as views of Bill and Hillary Clinton. This was a
great day to be from Tennessee.
We watched the inaugural parade proceed down Pennsylvania Avenue
from an 8th floor vantage point in ‘former Tennessee Senator Howard
Baker’s law office that overlooks the Navy Monument.
Among his deep-pocket clients for important work in the nation’s capitol are
Schering-Plough. It wasn’t surprising that a number of products made in Tennessee (like Goo-Goo
Clusters) were served as the afternoon reception.
The next day, Betty and I visited my father’s grave in Arlington Cemetery
and also the National
Gallery of Art, where we used to hang out on weekends when I was stationed at
the U.S. Marine Corps Base at nearby Quantico,
VA in the late 1960s. I took a
certain amount of pride in coming so far since then.
Rep. Jim Cooper ‘Bristles’ When Asked
Feb. 1, 1993 – To Nashville
I flew to Nashville
on Northwest to attend a meeting of the Tennessee Busiiness Roundtable and to
meet with my old pal from The Commercial Appeal Mark McNeeley, who now owns the
biggest public relations firm in the state.
At the TBR meeting I heard Rep. Jim Cooper of Middle
Tennessee speak. He bristled when I asked him a question about the free market
versus mandatory drug vaccine pricing under a proposed government
nationalization program, giving me what should have been a clue about his
predisposition favoring government over pharmaceutical companies that appeared
later when he ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate.
That evening, I attended a reception at the Governor’s
Residence and had a chance to visit with Labor Commissioner Jimmy White of Memphis, J. W. Luna and
Bill Parcell of state government, and Betty Anderson, one of the best paid
lobbyists in the state who once worked for Schering-Plough.
I spent the night in the Holiday
Plaza across the street from the Legislative Plaza
in downtown Nashville.
To Washington to Dine Well, Meet With Officials
Feb. 2, 1993 – From Nashville to Washington then back to Memphis
While I Nashville I visited with my old pal Sen. Steve Cohen
and also Rick Locker, who expertly covers State Government for The Commercial
Appeal. I then flew on to Washington,
DC on American.
I enjoyed an excellent dinner with my colleague Dick Kinney
and Jim Hall, chief of staff to Tenn. Sen. Harlan Matthews, at the Powerscourt
Restaurant in the Phoneix Park Hotel, which is near Union Station and is owned
by Irish investors. My meal was Irish salmon and filet of sole. Later, I
enjoyed some Guiness Stout at the nearby Dubliner Pub with Dick.
The next day, I visited with Craven Crowell, chief of staff
to Sen. Jim Sasser, in the Russell
Building then had lunch
in the House Members Dining Room as a guest of Rep. Jim Cooper. Joining us were
Dick Kinney, a Staff Corporate Vice President who in charge of
Schering-Plough’s Washington office, and Joe
Connors, the corporation’s General Counsel and who previously had an office next
door to mine in Memphis.
It was a memorable lunch, mainly because of the way Cooper
rudely unloaded on the pharmaceutical industry and (to my mind) recklessly
challenged Connors to get Schering-Plough and the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers
Association (a major lobbying group) to “all or nothing” support of his managed
competition approach to containing health care costs.
These were difficult times for the highly profitable pharmaceutical industry, with serious efforts
underway in Washington
to limit its ability to rise prices of prescription drugs. Despite my
misgivings, our company’s leadership had hoped that Cooper’s plan would be less
harmful to our profits than some other plans in circulation.
After a good lunch, I visited Capitol Hill and met with Tom
McNamara of Rep. Don Sundquist’s staff and Rep. John Tanner of West Tennessee
before flying back to Memphis
Again, the airline somehow had lost or misplaced my special,
low-fat meal, givng me yet another irritation for an unsatisfactory outcome for
To Opryland Hotel for Sasser Fund-raiser
Feb. 12-13, 1993 – To Nashville
I drove from Memphis to Nashville with Betty in a
Fleetmark rental Taurus to attend – at a price of $500 a couple paid by the
Scheirng-Plough Better Government Fund upon which I serve as a director – a big
fund-raiser for Tennessee Sen. Jim Sasser. It was held at the Opryland Hotel.
As is usually the case at these affairs, some politically
important people were in attendance and in circulation. I visited with Sasser,
whose Memphis in May Barbeque Team I had organized, Sasser’s chief of staff,
former newspaperman Craven Crowell, Rep. John Tanner of West Tennessee and a
number of my fellow Memphians. There were about 1,000 Sasser supporters present
and good food was served as “theme stations.”
Betty and I spent the night at the elegant Opryland Hotel in
a room with a queen-sized Murphy Bed. We drove home to Memphis the next day. At the time, I
mistakenly thought that there wasn’t a chance that the popular and powerful
Sasser could be beaten in upcoming election. But wealthy Tom Frist, whose
family founded a Tennessee-based chain of hospitals, won in a surprise. As a
consolation, my much-admired pal Sasser was made U.S. Ambassador to China by
President Clinton and his onetime colleague in the U.S. Senate, Vice President
West Point for Board Meeting, Golf
Feb. 17-20, 1993 – To Starkville
& West Point,
I drove a rental car from Memphis
to Starkville, MS,
where I stayed two nights at Mississippi
Butler Guest House. I met with and spoke to English Professor Clyde Williams’
Shakespeare Class and later sent my old pal Clyde
a “sun-prise” of a Coppertone beach towel and some suncare samples.
I also enjoyed an evening and a half-day’s worth of meetings
with my fellow members of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the College of Arts
and Sciences. While in Starkville,
I played 18 holes of golf on the excellent university course with its overall
boss, Bob Leiter. I shot a miserable 104.
Later, I drove over to the fabulous Old Waverly Golf Club,
where I’ve been a member since 1992, at West Point.
I spent the night in the club’s guest accommodations and enjoyed a great meal
of banked Red Snapper with Shrimp. I played golf but only managed to shoot a
101 despite many fine shots.
Due to my desire to establish an “honest” golf handicap
(which may in reality by a contradiction in terms), I played the ball “down” by
the rules and took no mulligans and my score suffered because of it.
That evening I ate at the club’s Ophelia’s Place and later
visited with three regional furniture executives from Indianapolis. They had heard about the
quality of Old Waverly’s course and traveled to West Point
to try it out.
The next day, my son Casey and his friend Jeremy Scherr
drove down from Memphis
to play golf at Old Waverly. Despite a light mist, we teed off at 10:30 a.m. I
bailed out of play after 9 holes, with my score of 52. The two young men played
on, completed 18 holes and spent the night. I left them to their pursuit and
drove home in time for a great dinner of Cornish Game Hen that Betty prepared.
for TAB Meeting, Political Dinners
March 1-3, 1993 – To Nashville
I drove to Nashville
to attend the annual Tennssee Association of Business (TAB) meeting of the
Board of Governors, upon which I serve. I had an excellent dinner with my old
pal Mark McNeeley, who owns the largest public relations firm in the state and
is a much respected political consultant.
We dined at one of the top restaurants in Nashville, which had recently lost one of its
four Mobil Travel Guide stars following its “exposure” in the Nashville Scene
alternative paper for serving pork in place of veal in its signature dish of
“saltimboco.” I stayed at the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza which is conveniently located across the street
from the Legislative
Plaza and is thus a
popular watering hole for lobbyists with entertainment money to spend and State
I got up early to work out in the hotel’s fitness center and
weight room then attended the TAB meeting. That evening, I hosted a dinner in a
private dining room at Mario’s for Tennessee Attorney General Mike Cody of Memphis, the Shelby
County Legislative Delegation and members of the Government Affairs Council of
the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce. I serve as chairman of the Council. Dave
Cooley, president of the Chamber, attended.
I sat next to the powerful Sen. John Ford of Memphis, a longtime
member of the Legislature and chair of an important committee. He told me about
his possible libel suit and boycott against The Commercial Appeal. I also sat
by House Speaker Pro Tempore Lois DeBerry, who surprised me by cracking a joke
about her fellow legislator Tim Joyce and his protests against the fur industry.
The next day I returned home to Memphis.
for Golf, Mexico Shopping, Desert Sights
March 4-7, 1993 – To Tucson,
Betty and I took her Spring Break from teaching Culinary
Arts at Northside High School in Memphis
by flying to Tucson, AZ for a getaway in the warm desert. We
arrived early enough to check in without delay to a big Radisson Suites, which
turned out to be a great place with a huge swimming pool, weight room, free
breakfast buffet and happy hour late in the day for a reasonable price of $115
We drove a rental Dodge 60 or so miles to the south to Nogales, Mexico.
It was a typical border town, with a lot of dust and junk piled up. We parked
on the U.S. side of the
border and walked across to native shops in Mexico, where we purchased two
bottles of Controy (a Mexican version of the French liquor Cointreau), five
quarters of clean vanilla for Betty’s desert cooking; seven silver bracelets
for Betty and gifts, and other souvenirs.
That evening we had a good swordfish dinner at the hotel.
The next morning, I worked out with weights and swam 20 laps in the hotel pool.
I played 18 holes of golf at the 49’er Club just outside of Tucson. I thought it was an OK course, but
not great like some I’ve played in Phoenix
last year. I shot a 106.
That evening, we had a good dinner in the Solarium
Restaurant, which is in a building with a distinctive Western architecture.
Betty and I spent the next day seeing some of the sights
including a quick stop at an old Western movie set where we bought some cards
and souvenirs. Our best visit of the day – and the entire trip – was to the
famed Desert Museum outside of town. It has an
outstanding collection and wonderful displays of desert life. We especially
liked the Hummingbird Aviary, which has a large number of the tiny birds
representing six amazingly tame species. It was nesting season and the hummers
would hover right up to us, trying to pluck loose threads from our clothes.
We then drove around the Saguaro (as in cactus plant)
National Monument with its spectacular desert vistas and giant cactus. We
walked several hundred yards in the dry desert to examine some 1,000-year-old
Petroglyphs carved onto smallish rocks by the Pagago Indians long ago. We took
some nice, panoramic photographs while there.
On the way back to our hotel, we stopped at the celebrated
Mission San Javier del Bac, known locally at the “White Dove of the Desert” for
unique architecture and white buildings. We learned about the veneration the
native Indians continue to have for the Franciscan monks who introduced them to
Jesus Christ. Still today, Indian parishioners in prayers and photos to a
coverlet over an effigy of an ancient monk – whose wooden head is lifted three
times a day “to make him comfortable.”
Before eating that night at the hotel, we staked out a spot
on the nearby road called “The Speedway” in hopes of spotting passing
“Lowrider” automobiles customized by the Mexican-American population but failed
to see any because of the early hour.
The next morning, we got an early start and drove about an
hour to Biosphere 2, a celebrated three-acre complex of sealed greenhouses
built near Tucson.
It cost $150 million to year and was used as a research project for space
exploration and lived in by a half-dozen scientists in an interesting, but
largely failed experiment into sustaining life in an artificial environment.
Betty and I flew home to Memphis that afternoon
after our great long weekend in mid-winter.
To Old Waverly with Casey for So-so Golf,
March 21, 1993 – To Old Waverly Golf Club, West Point, MS
Casey and I drove to Old Waverly on my Taurus station wagon
on a glorious, sunny spring day with the temperature in the low 70s. We
happened to get paired up with a member named Andy who works at the True Temper
plant in nearby Amory and another man who was a retired
Trooper and U.S. Marshall.
My golf was below average on this day. I shot a 103 off the
white tees then played another 9 holes and shot a 50 off the blue tees. Casey shot
a 96 and then a 49. While the golf was at best so-so, it was a great day due to
the fine weather and Casey’s company.
To Washington for High-Level Government
March 25-26, 1993 – To Washington,
I flew from Memphis to Washington on Northwest and enjoyed dinner at the fine La
Colline restaurant with U.S. Sen. Harlan Matthews of Tennessee; Harlan’s chief
of staff Jim Hall of Chattanooga; Dave Collins, President of Schering-Plough
HealthCare Products; and Dick Kinney, a Schering-Plough Corporate Vice
President in charge of our Washington office. I stayed at the nearby,
Irish-owned Phoenix Park Hotel near Union Station.
The next day I met with my pal Winston McGregor, a longtime staffer
for Al Gore who is now the Vice President of the United States and works at the
Democratic National Committee. We met at the Executive Office
Building with Charlotte
Hages, a White House staffer who is Gore’s chief health policy aid. Winston had
arranged the meeting as a favor so I could voice Schering-Plough’s opinions
into the right ear.
By happenstance, I had a chance to say hello to Al Gore as
he was on his way into the Vice President’s Ceremonial Office in the Executive Office Building
near the White House. Gore’s new office contains the former desk of President
Richard Nixon that has tucked inside a drawer the ink signatures of President
Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Dwight Eisenhower, Harry Truman and Vice President Dan
Quayle. Inside the middle drawer of the desk and in an area under the knee hole
are some pieces of Velcro tape and several holes once occupied by screws that
held the infamous tape recording machine used by Nixon. His secret recordings
of meetings in the White House came to light during the Watergate hearings that
led to Nixon’s impeachment.
It was a huge treat for me to see so much pivotal history of
the United States
that had been preserved but evidently
not much publicized. The ceremonial office was nothing short of magnificent and
is regular use for meetings at the highest level with federal and foreign
The meeting with Gore’s tough-minded health policy staffer,
Charlotte, didn’t go very well. It was plain to me that if the staffer is
really in the know about the Carter-Gore thinking, the much-maligned
pharmaceutical industry is in for some tough times.
Afterward, I had a great lunch with an old pal, Ken Bacon,
for whom I had worked when he was with the Wall Street Journal which I had
served as the Memphis
stringer. Ken was now the WSJ’s No. 2 newsman in its prestigious Washington
Bureau. He went on to become a Deputy Secretary in charge of Public Affairs for
the Defense Department and served as its spokesman during most of Clinton’s administration.
We dined at the Metropolitan Club, a ritzy and elegant place for Washington’s elite that
has a swimming pool, squash courts, a library, bedrooms for members and
enforced rules that prohibit documents and corporate checks from being
exchanged in the dining room.
Fairly Good Golf at Gulf Shores
While Casey Studies
April 6-11, 1993 – To Gulf
Betty and I drove to Gulf
Shores for her Easter-Spring Break
from teaching Culinary Arts at Northside
High School in Memphis. Our son, Casey, opted to stay home
to work on his studies at Memphis
where he is a top student and one of the private school’s choice candidates for
the great colleges and universities that are now recruiting there. While Betty
and I enjoyed the beach, Casey drove to Nashville
for an orientation for pre-engineering students planning on attending
Betty and I had a great time at our condo on the beach. The
weather was mostly sunny during our stay although a bit cool, with high
temperatures in the 60s. I spent some time as usual at my favorite golf course
there, in the State Park a few miles from our condo. I shot a 94 at the Park,
followed by a 90 at the semi-private Gulf Shores Golf Club then by a 95 back at
the Park course.
We are out at Gulf
Shores restaurants a lot
and did a goodly amount of shopping at the nearby, 120-store factory outlet
mall in Foley. I got a little suntan from spending time on the beach, but it
didn’t seem to be much color in relationship to the time I spent in the sun.
To New Jersey to Plan Grassroots for S-P
April 12-13, 1993 – To Madison, Kenilworth and Liberty Corner, NJ
I flew to Newark, N.J. on Northwest and rented a car at the airport to
drive to the corporate headquarters of Schering-Plough at Madison
and the next day to nearby Kenilworth,
N.J., headquarters of
Pharmaceutical Operations and the largest employee numbers site in the company.
I met with Joe Roth, the recently hired Director of Community Affairs for the
corporation, to discuss plans for mounting a grassroots program throughout the
corporation to voice our employee feelings over proposed drug price control
legislation. It was part of the combatative stance being taken by the
Pharmacaeutical Manufacturers Associaiton, which our company President, Dick
Kogan, as the chief volunteer executive.
I drove to nearby Kenilworth the next day for a meeting with
Joe, the Human Services Execcutive Committee (upon which my boss, Bob Raub,
serves as the sitting Senior Vice President for the HealthCare Products
division), Bob Lively of Schering-Plough’s Washington office and others. We discussed
the plans for involving as many Schering-Plough employees as feasible in our
coming grassroots initiative to support our President and the PMA member
companies in the fight against government price controls. This was plainly
Hanging over our head was a May 3 deadline to make our newly
developing grassroots initiative effective in contacting Members of the U.S.
Congress with thought-out opinions of their constituents who happened to be
employees of our corporation.
My HealthCare Products division is coming into the
grassroots program a little later than some divisions and companies in our
industry, but with the employee esprit de corps and our long history of
political involvement and building positive relationships with government, I
feel confident that HealthCare Products will deliver the best grassroots
program in Schering-Plough. (In fact, my early confidence turned out to be
correct despite difficulty in winning U.S. Sen. Jim Sasser of Tennessee to our side.)
Takiing on our division’s government affairs
responsibilities and sharing some of those responsibilities with my
counterparts at corporate headquarters has been both a challenge and a huge
satisfaction for me. Of course, the appreciation and praise for that work from
the division s management – specifically from Lee Jenkins until his early
retirement as CEO of Consumer Operations and then Dave Collins as President of
HealthCare Products – was a driver. My service as chairman of the Government
Affairs Review Committee of the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce for five years
and Chairman of the Chamber’s Government Affairs Council for several years gave
me a highly visible platform as the business community’s voice.
Most importantly, I was able with the help of almost unlimited
company reputation and resources to build on my ccmpany’s long tradition of
helpful (but never over-reaching) interest in good government through personal
contacts with public servants and making available various samples of our
products to important meetings and events. My service on the Schering-Plough’s
Political Action Committee and authority to dispense a limited amount of
political campaign contributions gave me additional throw-weight.
I soon learned after joining the company that a private
study commissioned by Holiday Inns, Inc. had found that Plough, Inc. was viewed
by the public as one of the most involved and well-regarded companies in
Memphis. Much of that good PR went back to the decades of leadership of company
founder Abe Plough, the most generous philanthropist in the city’s history.
Much of his work was done on behalf of the Zoo and countless civic improvements
and ongoing projects were paid for by the company and its foundation in the
name of Mr. Anonymous, which was synonymous with Mr. Plough.
I was in charge of making our official, corporate
remembrance of Mr. Plough following his death work to everybody’s benefit.
Called “Abe Plough Days,” it gave all fulltime employees in Memphis a free day off to volunteer their
labor to benefit several dozen charities, public schools and related
organizations affiliated with United
Way. We were given a national award for the
program, which drew about a tenth of work force into volunteer work that was
In short, the Plough name was golden in Memphis and I took it upon myself to burnish
it while trying to do good work in the name of the company and not in my own
name. One of Mr. Plough’s kinsmen had made it an annual practice to visit Washington, DC
on swearing-in day for Members of the U.S. Congress and I tried to follow that
example. Being there was important. I also learned to never try to upstage
After meeting with my counterparts at corporate
headquarters, I drove to nearby Liberty Corner to make the meet-and-greet
rounds with my fellow department heads and key managers at HealthCare Products
headquarters. I had lunch with my boss, Bob Raub, and spent a little time with
employee Laura Brady.
with Casey for Golf, Tour of Georgia Tech
April 16-19. 1993 – To Atlanta
I drove my Taurus station wagon to Atlanta
with my son Casey after I learned that Hertz would not provide me with a place
to park if I rented a car from their branch on the edge of the Memphis airport. We pulled out of Memphis at 3:30 p.m. and
arrived at 11:30 p.m. We stayed at a Holiday Inn just off Interstate 75 in the
Midtown part of the city.
We played golf the next morning at the nearby Bobby Jones
course and happened to get paired with two chemical engineers who worked for a
paper company. One of them commented to Casey after learning he wanted to major
in engineering that the college coursework could be hard, particularly in
mathematics. But that in reality it had little impact on their day to day work.
I played pretty well, shooting an 88. Casey was off his game and shot a 98.
The next day we played 9 holes at the Browns Mill course on
the outskirts of Atlanta.
I shot a 43 and Casey a 44. Then we took a tour of downtown Atlanta
and saw the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. and his famed Ebenezer Baptist Church
and the headquarters of the epochal headquarters of the Southern Christian
Leadership Conference. We visited the tomb where Dr. King is buried and the
adjacent education center on Auburn
Street. We also saw the fabulous Cyclorama and its
renowned show on the Civil War, the elegant Swan House and other swanky homes
That evening, Casey attended an Atlanta Hawks-Charlotte team
NBA basketball game with Michael Taylor, a student there. I treated them to the
game but didn’t go. Casey spent the night in a dorm room at Georgia Tech with
student Brian Fain of Georgia
as part of the “connect with Tech” program put on by the university as a
I played golf again at the Bobby Jones course, shooting a 96
off the blue tees, while Casey got a campus tour from his dormitory host. I
picked him up later and he said, in a phrase I’ll always remember, “I hate this
place.” He had already decided that despite my pledge to make school there fun
for him by providing him with tickets to various sporting events in Atlanta, he wanted to
enter college at Vanderbilt. (In fact we paid some of the early fees and Casey
worked out a dorm rooming arrangement with a Memphis pal who had also been accepted.
However, he got a “late acceptance” to the University of Virginia
and decided that was where he really wanted to take the next big step into
adult life. Betty and I went along with him even though it meant us paying some
pretty hefty out-of-state tuition and living expenses for his four years at
‘Political Guru’ Meets with Liberty Corner Employees
April 20-21, 1993 – To Liberty
I flew from Memphis to Newark, NJ on Northwest
then drove a rental car to the Madison
Hotel in Madison, NJ
where I spent the night. I spent most of the next day in nearby Liberty Corner
with Dick Kinney and Joe Roth of Schering-Plough corporate government relations
in nearby headquarters at Madison,
and Dave Collins, President of my Schering-Plough HealthCare Products division
We met with the more than 100 employees who worked at the
Liberty Corner divisional headquarters for HCP to promote their participation
in a corporation-wide Grassroots program formed by the pharmaceutical industry
in opposition to a growing movement in the Congress favoring Rx prescription
drug price controls.
In introducing me to assembled Liberty Corner employees,
Dave was most generous in describing me as HCP’s “political guru” who “knows
everybody in Washington and Tennessee.” I spoke to the employees and
largely because of the work of my Communications and Community Affairs staff in
Liberty Corner, with the unflinching support of Dave and my boss Bob Raub (with
whom I had lunch), the Liberty Corner contingent of the Schering-Plough workforce
had one of the highest rates of Grassroots participation in the entire company.
Many wrote letters to designated Members of Congress and used suggested
wordings to register their feelings on the anti-drug industry proposals, which
Grassroots Advocacy Building
Continues in Cleveland
April 22-23, 1993 – To Cleveland,
I flew from Memphis to Cleveland, TN
in a chartered LearJet with Ed Manic, Senior Vice President of HealthCare
Products Operations of Schering-Plough, HCP Finance Director Phil Freeman and
Joe Roth, Corporate Director of Community Affairs for Schering-Plough to
recruit our Dr. Scholl’s plant employees to our company-wide political
Grassroots efforts. We had a nice dinner at the Cleveland Country Club
overlooking its gorgeous golf course in the East Tennessee
The next morning, we met with several hundred of the Cleveland plant’s
employees to invite their voluntary participation in our Grassroots program. I
was surprised to see some emotional obtacles to that participation among our
low-skilled production employees. Their reluctance was echoed in subsequent
meetings with hourly production workers in Memphis. We hadn’t foreseen resistance to our
corporate attempt to peddle influence among some of those employees after our
meetings with various groups of managers and professional employees.
Opposing government price controls seemed like a good idea
to most of the management group. But certain employees who felt the Company was
already squeezing them felt like our invitation to join the letter-writing
campaign to Members of Congress was asking too much. We nonetheless produced
the best overall response throughout Schering-Plough but learned we needed to
do a better job of communicating the benefits of a united response to
government in times of political necessity.
Kicking Back in Austin,
TX along Colorado River
April 24-25, 1993 – To Austin,
Betty and I used our Frequent Flyer free tickets in
Northwest to fly from Memphis to Austin, TX
for a long weekend. Thanks to my points built up from staying at Hyatt Regency
hotels in Nashville and Washington,
we were able to stay for free at the Austin’s
Hyatt on the Town Lake section of the Colorado
River through town.
We enjoyed a great view of the Austin skyline in the luxury hotel. The river
that flowed by was slow-moving here and dotted with rental canoes and rowboats
obtained at the hotel desk. Former President LBJ’s wife, Lady Bird Johnson, had
led a drive to beautify the riverfront
There was a beautiful, tree-lined gravel walking and cycling
trail along the river that was on the bank opposite us that was 8.3 miles long.
The trail was dotted with gazebos, park benches, fountains and ponds where
ducks congregate. It was obvious it was well used by lovers of nature and those
who enjoy walking and cycling.
We checked out bicycles at the hotel and rode on the trail
for 45 minutes. On this day the Colorado River
was fairly clear and we saw many turtles swimming among the sculling boats and
We drove our rental car 20-to-25 miles into the Texas Hill
Country and visited the Slaughter-Leftwich Winery. It is a small wine producer,
with an output of about 20,000 cases a year. We toured its facilities and
enjoyed tasting its wines. We purchased a bottle of Austin Blush wine and later
had a fairly good seafood dinner at the Pelican Restaurant near our hotel.
The only disappointment we had in Austin was our visit to the
newspaper-promoted Austin Onion Festival, where we found only three or four
vendors selling the region’s 1015-Y strain of white onions that claimed to be
sweet (but were not). There couldn’t
have been more than one or two dozen tourists like us among the thin crowd. A
three-piece band played country music, indicating that at least the news about
the festival’s timing was accurate.
Our pleasure in Austin was
renewed with our visit to the LBJ Library and Museum at the University of Texas
campus. He remains the President I most admire (my later reading of parts of a
series of a prize-winning biography made me re-think my admiration given the
rotten way he treated his wife and subordinates). The Library has a re-created
Oval Office from the White House original where he spent much of his time. Also
interesting was a display of the great many gifts to him and the U.S. presented
by visiting dignitaries from other nations.
Later, Betty and I sunned at the Hyatt swimming pool and
enjoyed the best chicken fajitas we’ve ever had in a hotel lobby restaurant.
Afterwards, we flew back to Memphis
with upgrades to First Class seats on the Northwest airplane we got for only
$98. It was a nice getaway.
Still Pushing Grassroots Efforts in New Jersey
April 28-29, 1993 – To Madison,
Kenilworth and Liberty
I flew from Memphis to Newark, NJ on Northwest
for a series of meetings at Schering-Plough facilities in Schering-Plough
corporate headquarters in Madison,
Pharmaceutical Operations headquarters in Kenilworth
and HealthCare Products headquarters in Liberty Corner. I stayed at the Madison Hotel, where I had a good session on the
weights in the Fitness Room.
At Madison, I saw and met with Gerry Foster, Vice President
of Investor Relations; Allan Kushen, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs;
Linn Weiss, Vice President of Communications; Joe Roth, Director of Community
Affairs; Dick Kinney, Vice President of Community Affairs and in charge of
corporate lobbying; and Claudia Robinson, my former subordinate in Memphis who
had been promoted to Linn’s staff in Madison.
In Kenilworth I met with
Dick Kinney; Harvey Weintraub, Vice President of Pharmaceutical Sales; Bob
Myer; Linda Pacotti, Manager of Community Relations; and others.
In Liberty Corner I met with Russ Elliot, Vice President of
Advertising for HCP; Robert Maxwell, Director of the Art Department;
Tina Antico of my Communications staff; and Kathy Jones, executive secretary to
Dave Collins, HCP President.
At these meetings we mainly discussed the progress we were
making with our division-wide and company-wide Grassroots efforts to slow down moves in Congress that were moving
toward federal price controls on prescription drugs. Our corporate CEO, Dick
Kogan, was the top officer of the industry-wide logging efforts underway by the
Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association.
We in HeatlhCare Products were leading our company’s
efforts, with much thanks due to a long tradition of government influence and
reputation for being a concerned, quality employer and provider of health
products as well as an enlightened member of the business community. The
wear-and-tear on me from grinding that whetstone the past few weeks was taking
its toll. I was physically tired from
all the travel and reflected that air travel that was once a pleasure has
become exhausting because of the delays and hassles.
for Annual Stock Analysts Presentation
May 3-4, 1993 – To Kenilworth,
I flew from Memphis to Newark NJ on Northwest
Airline and drove a rental car to Kenilworth,
NJ to help top corporate
management prepare for their annual presentation of Schering-Plough’s
performance and outlook for the future. I stayed at a dumpy Holiday Inn not far
from the gates to the company’s Pharmaceutical Operations there.
With help from several fellow employees and a consulting
firm we use to store and ship our portable in-store displays of Schering-Plough
HealthCare Products such as Coppertone, Dr. Scholl’s and OTC medicines, I
loaded product onto the displays we set up in our company’s Drug Discovery
Facility until everything was in place and looked perfectly set by 9:30 p.m.
I was present for the 7:30 a.m. meeting in an adjacent
auditorium to our displays the next morning. This was the first year since I
joined the company in 1984 that my division was not a featured part of the
presentation program, an indication of the reduced importance of consumer
products in Schering-Plough’s operations. Our share of sales results had
dwindled from about 45 percent in 1984 to 20 percent in 1992.
Still, our displays looked great and we got a lot of
attention from the several dozens of stock analysts and big fund portfolio
managers who were bused in to Kenilworth from Manhattan for the event. We got a lot of
attention from our guests, who were given a goodly amount of free samples and
optimistic commentary by me and my associates staffing the display booths. I
enjoyed a plate of the great lunch served the analysts, whom we would write
positive reports about our stock and invest their clients’ money in
I then drove to Liberty Corner, NJ, to check on our
Grassroots letter-writing encouragement campaign among employees before
returning my rental car at the Newark airport
and flying back home to Memphis.
The airplane was late – again.
To Old Waverly for Golf with Casey, Flop
May 18, 1993 – To Old Waverly Golf Club, West Point, MS
I drove to Old Waverly with Casey and his friend Jim
Alexander on a beautiful day. I shot a 98 on the first 18 holes we played,
followed by a 48 on the front 9 of the course. Casey shot a 93 and went all the
way around again with an 89. His buddy shot in the low 80s.
I only played the front half of the course the second time
to give me the time to take a much-needed lesson in “flop shot” execution by
assistant pro John Hooker. My short game approach to greens was in need of the
technique of using a “flop shot” to gentle drop the ball with minimum roll. My
approach shots frequently just miss the target greens, leaving me with the need
for short shots to get close enough to the hole to take only one putt.
After my lesson and some practice, I drove back home at
arrived at 8:15 p.m. The boys stayed over at a nearby Days Inn so they could
play more golf the next day. It was a
good day for everybody.
Back to Old Waverly with Don Holmes,
Curtis & Son
May 24, 1993 – To Old Waverly Golf Club, West Point, MS
I drove from Memphis
to Old Waverly with Betty’s colleague at Northside High School Don Holmes, a
great golfer who has won the Memphis Publinx Golf Tournament twice. With us
were my good friend Curtis Downs and his son, Brad, who work together at the
thriving profit enhancement firm Curtis founded, Strategic Resource Management.
I shot a 102 then was only 3 shots over par after playing 6
holes on the front 9 again. Don was 3 under after shooting a 79 on our first
18-holes around the course. I had actually birdied hole No. 6, a rarity. As if
to underscore the rarity, a big thunderstorm came up and halted our play. Of
note, we witnessed Don’s 255-yard drive on hole No. 5, with that alone making
for a good day. We drove home in the evening.
to Host Rep. Don Sundquist Tour
May 31-June 1, 1993 – To Cleveland,
I flew from Memphis to Cleveland, TN in a chartered jet with
Ed McMcManic, Senior Vice President for Operations of Schering-Plough
HealthCare Products Operations; John Addison, Vice President of Quality Control
for our plants in Cleveland and Memphis; and Mary Gordon Kerr of my Memphis
Communications staff. We stayed at the Holiday Inn North in Cleveland, near a lighted golf range where I
hit some balls until 10 p.m.
I had a late dinner at a nearby Shoney’s and went to bed at
midnight, a late hour for me in these busy times.
I was up early to get to our Dr. Scholl’s manufacturing
plant in Cleveland and help host a visit to the
facility by our good friend, Rep. Don Sundquist who represents part of Memphis and much of West Tennessee
in the U.S. Congress. Don is running for Governor of Tennesee and we are
providing lhim a venue to speak at a lunch of about 20 area plant managers
associated with companies that are members of Cleveland Associated Industries.
Later, I went to Cleveland’s Rolling Hills Golf Club, where
a shot a dismal 66 on 9 holes of the hilly course before flying home that
evening, very tired.
To Washington for Chamber Briefings, S-P
June 8-10, 1993 – To Washington,
I flew from Memphis to Washington on a
chartered Northwest flight with leaders of the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce
for a series of meetings and briefings by our Congressional officials and White
Among those on the trip were Shelby County Mayor Bill Morris
and a about 30 of our city’s business leaders with government affairs interest
or responsibilities. I am honored to serve as chairman of the Chamber’s
Government Affairs Council and had a hand in planning our trip. We stayed at
the Embassy Suites under a special price negotiated between its parent, Holiday
Inns, and the Chamber.
That evening, I helped host a Schering-Plough barbeque
reception attended by about 120 invited guests who included Tennessee Sen. Harlan
Matthews, his chief of staff Jim Hall and legislative aid Estie Harris (college
roomie of my subordinate Melissa Faber), and Tennessee Reps. in the Congress
Harold Ford, John Tanner, Don Sundquist, Bob Clement; and many Hill staffers
with dealings with our Company.
After the reception, I repaired to the Dubliner Pub with
Dick Kinney, a corporate Vice President in charge of our Washington lobbying office, and former
Memphis Chamber president and cotton man B. Lee Mallory. I broke off from the
Chamber trip a day early to return to Memphis
and prepare for my coming vacation in Hawaii
with my wife, Betty.
Casey’s Account of Family Trip to Kauai,
(Following is a short
essay written by Casey Nolan, then 18 and fresh from high school graduation at Memphis University
School (MUS) about his trip with
parents Lewis and Betty Nolan to Hawaii and California in June,
1993. For a fuller account of the trip see the Kauai
travelogue at www.lewisnolan.com/Nolantravels.htm,
which includes commentary by both Lewis and Betty about their stays and
experiences in several locations. Album of 19 trip photos at http://flickr.com/photos/lewis_nolan/
(Scroll down to see small pictures with limited caption information or double
click “Slideshow” at top left to see larger pictures with full caption info
once captions are activated on screen instructions.)
June 17, 1993 – In Kauai,
I have enjoyed being in Kauai
on vacation this week. Playing golf, sightseeing and swimming have been very
relaxing. I feel that I could fit into the laid-back atmosphere found in
Hanalai, a beach community on the island. I see no reason to go into detail
about our daily activities since Mom and Dad have no doubt taken care of it.
Compared to our other exotic vacations, I would have to say
the scenery here is far above that of Cancun,
other islands. The beach itself is inferior to the one at Gulf Shores,
AL. The snorkeling here has been fair. The golf at the Kiele Course has been in
my opinion the best. I think it was the prettiest and the hardest course I have
I have also enjoyed being away from Memphis and my friends. It’s nice not having
the phone ring. I would say this has been the most relaxing vacation ever for
me. I think it’s time for me to dig back into my book, “The Pelican Brief” by
John Grisham. Peace.
To New York to Plan Fight 3rd Drug
June 25, 1993 – To New York
I flew from Memphis to New York’s LaGuardia
Airport on Northwest,
leaving on an 8:20 a.m. flight. I met with the Public Affairs Committee of the
Non-prescription Drug Manufacturers Association at Bristol-Myers-Squibb’s
luxury suite of offices in a Manhattan
The representatives of the major companies with OTC product
lines mapped our plan to build an industry alliance to fight an emerging
proposal in Congress to regulate a so-called “Third Class” of drugs. Those
drugs would be somewhere in between the closely regulated prescription drugs
and the loosely regulated Over-The-Counter medications like aspirin and cold
symptom relief products which are freely sold at retail in the U.S. As one of
the leading OTC manufacturers in the U.S.,
with Correctol laxatives, St. Joseph
aspirins and Tinactin athlete’s foot products, Schering-Plough HealthCare
Products had a keen interest in defeating the advent of the so-called Third
Class of government controls by regulation.
Unusual for my trips to New York,
I missed lunch altogether because of the length of the meeting and my need to
be back at LaGuardia for a 6 p.m. flight to Memphis. Unfortunately, the flight was
delayed for 1 ½ hours because of a repair to an airplane computer. I ate a few
snacks at the airport and finally got home OK - but exhausted and hungry.