Gary Diedrichs

Gary Diedrichs

Senior Content Editor at Smart Meetings
Gary Diedrichs is senior content editor at Smart Meetings. He has degrees in history from Princeton and New York University. His journalism career has spanned staff positions in radio, newspapers, magazines and websites. Other writing includes a novel set in Sausalito, California, in the 1950s. In his spare time, he publishes an award-winning website devoted to eco-friendly travel.
Gary Diedrichs

Meet You at the Beach HouseDestinationsSmart Dispatches

A 60-pound fish can nearly pull a grown man into the sea. How do I know that? Because I watched as one of our party of five on a deep-sea fishing outing—with Brad Cirino, director of sales for The Confidante Miami Beach—was yanked out of his swivel seat and almost into the Atlantic. Talk about a team-building moment! The rest of us rallied to his side, urging him to hang on and keep cranking his fishing reel.

Smartphone Etiquette 101Technology

As you look around in restaurants, on street corners and in our workplaces, you will recognize “the state of monomaniacal obliviousness” that overcomes fellow humans when they’re “absorbed in an activity to the exclusion of everything else,” in the words of Henry Alford, author of Would It Kill You to Stop Doing That: A Modern Guide to Manners.

Blessedly, BrunchFood & BeverageMeeting Planning

It all began as a hangover cure. In 1895, English writer Guy Beringer coined the word—a portmanteau of breakfast and lunch—in an essay, “Brunch: A Plea.” His idea that this hybrid meal could begin with breakfast-like foods to ease the digestive system into richer dishes that followed, and, most importantly, could be acceptably chased with a little hair of the dog, didn’t catch on in America until the 1930s.

american airlines

American Airlines Says No to Live Chickens and GoatsAirlinesNews

Sorry, no chickens, spiders or sugar gliders on this American Airlines flight. Miniature horses might still be OK, though. American Airlines has joined United, Delta and Alaska Airlines in tightening rules for emotional support animals on its flights. It has also formally banned a long list of critters.

How to Avoid Tech WreckHealth & WellnessHow ToTips & Tools

Tech wreck. Otherwise known as online addiction. Can we agree it’s a problem? Good. That’s the first step toward a better tomorrow. When it comes to smartphones, some 75 percent of Americans think the devices don’t affect their ability to pay attention in a group setting, according to Pew Research Center.

Nothing to Fear, Hawaii SaysNewsTravel

Last Thursday’s eruption of Kilauea volcano on the island of Hawaii isn’t the authentic and hyper-local experience most meeting planners are looking for. But top officials want prospective visitors to know it isn’t a reason to stay away, either.