A review of the 2012 Financial Follies

Chris Roush

Chris Roush is the dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. He was previously Walter E. Hussman Sr. Distinguished Professor in business journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is a former business journalist for Bloomberg News, Businessweek, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Tampa Tribune and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. He is the author of the leading business reporting textbook "Show me the Money: Writing Business and Economics Stories for Mass Communication" and "Thinking Things Over," a biography of former Wall Street Journal editor Vermont Royster.

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  1. Jane Reilly says:

    It was actually the 70th annual Financial Follies and it’s been held at numerous hotels around the city, starting with the Hotel Astor on the same site as the current Marriott Marquis.

  2. Matt Nelko says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed the show, Chris! Although, as one of the performers — and a financial writer, at that — I can assure you that some of us are not strangers to entertainment (my own experience in stand-up and improv comedy including performances at Caroline’s, if I may be so bold as to toot my own horn).

    Still, a writer by trade I am, and as one whose audience is much more general interest than others (network television news, as opposed to Reuters or Bloomberg), I do share your frustration with the often extremely “inside baseball” jokes that can go over the heads of even the most savvy Wall Street MBAs. I also prefer to keep the lyrics as generally accessible as possible, even for my own self-interest (I can’t tell you at how many rehearsals I’ve had to ask my more financially plugged-in colleagues to explain the “who” or “what” of a particular lyric!). At the end of the day, as writers, we still have to remember our audience. I’m glad you feel that this year we did a better job of that.

    Thank you again for your kind patronage!

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