November 12, 1995
I want to thank you for referring me to a wonderful exploration of Umbria and Tuscany ("Romantic Italy," Tours and Cruises, June 25). The program was led by artist-lecturer Roberta Kritzia through Personalized Travel (818-994-2402). It exceeded all of my dreams! LENA MITCHELL Sherman Oaks
August 17, 1997
Regarding Jerome Pudwill's letter describing his difficulties using an ATM card and credit cards in ATM machines in Tuscany, Italy ("Checks and Balances," Aug. 3), because he didn't know his PIN numbers, it seems he didn't attempt the obvious. He could have taken his credit card and passport (for identification) to a teller in any national bank and requested a cash advance. Granted, this process is not a debit to a bank account and can take anywhere from five to 20 minutes, but it would have saved him endless aggravation and $100 in telephone calls.
April 23, 1996 |
Former Chrysler Corp. Chairman Lee Iacocca, shifting gears from motor oil to olive oil, is now taking aim at the nation's $1.8-billion market for nonbutter spreads. Wondering what to do with thousands of gallons of olive oil from his estate in Tuscany, Italy, Iacocca and his son-in-law hit upon the idea of developing a margarine using the oil, which studies have shown can help limit the harmful effects of cholesterol. Iacocca's Boston-based Nicola Corp.
October 18, 1994
Paul R. Picard, 63, television producer best known for his series "The Dukes of Hazzard." In addition to the eight-season hillbilly hit, Picard produced television movies and miniseries such as "Scruples," "California Fever" and "The Pirate." He began his career as an actor, but soon switched to producing network game shows, television commercials and segments for ABC's "Wide World of Sports."
August 3, 1997
On a recent trip to Tuscany, Italy, we took $400 in cash, a Visa and MasterCard, an ATM bank card, $400 in traveler's checks and two personal checks. After zipping through the cash and traveler's checks, we tried using our ATM and credit cards at Siena's ATMs. Unfortunately, none of the ATMs we found were tied into our ATM system. Our Visa card's magnetic stripe refused to activate any ATMs, and we had no idea of the required PIN number for our MasterCard, as we'd never needed it. About $100 in phone calls later, our bank of 25 years (a major international institution)