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THE FINAL SUBSCRIPTION TAXI SONGS AT A TAXI CONFERENCE The last item on the TAXIintell Update conference agenda in Amsterdam was an unusual but fitting one. Sure, there are many links between culture and taxis in movies (no, not just Taxi Driver, but others like Night on Earth by Jim Jarmusch) and in art, but George Laszlo, unusually, decided to match the history of the taxicab with the music of the time. Just a few years ago George (a native New Yorker) had nothing more to do with the taxi industry than being an occasional user of its services. But, after retiring from the pharmaceutical/biotech industry, he got caught by the strongest virus known to man: the taxi virus. The contagion began when he purchased a 1973 Checker Aerobus, a vehicle designed for airport service. This 7.5 metre vehicle has 8 doors and seats 12 passengers. George and his nephew, Patrick, drove the Checker from California to New York; a cross-country trip of a lifetime turning heads every step of the way. “I was grateful that Patrick let me drive from time to time”, Laszlo commented in Amsterdam. “I don’t think I drove more than two hours over the entire 6 week period.” If you’d like to see his presentation, go to TLRC-sister publication: ARTSY THEME Back in New York, Laszlo and other Checker-enthusiasts started work on arranging the 2014 Checker-meeting in Brooklyn (you saw a photo report in this magazine) that brought together 51 of the finest Checker taxis and cars from all over the USA. Not long after that, Laszlo started his blog, Taxi & Limousine Research Center (www., in an effort to document both the history and changes in the taxi and FHV industry. Being limited to 30 minutes for his presentation proved a great challenge to George, who normally delivers it in 90 minutes. But, this was the first time that an artsy theme like this made inroads in a business conference like TAXIintell Update. He will be back at the next conference: “Although I’m now working on linking music with Checker history, it may be fun to do something similar with taxi themes in the movies.” wf 26 George Laszlo took the TAXIintell audience through memory lane. PUBLICATION INFORMATION Publisher taxi-times Verlags GmbH Frankfurter Ring 193a 80807 Munich, Germany Tel: +49 (0) 89 – 14 83 87 91 Fax: + 49 (0) 89 – 14 83 87 89 E-Mail: Web: Managing Director: Jürgen Hartmann Bank details Stadtsparkasse München BLZ 70150000, Account number 1003173828 IBAN: DE89701500001003173828 BIC: SSKMDEMM UST-ID: DE293535109 Handelsregister: Amtsgericht München HRB 209524 Desk Telefon: +49 (0) 89 – 14 83 87 91 Fax: + 49 (0) 89 – 14 83 87 89 E-Mail: Editor in Chief Jürgen Hartmann, Managing Editor (International) Wim Faber, Contributors to this issue Thomas Brinch (thb), Pieter van de Glind Translation Probicon Layout Jasper Ehl, Daniella Heil, Liane Heinze, Henrike Uthe Lotte Rosa Buchholz (responsible) Raufeld Medien GmbH Paul-Lincke-Ufer 42/43, 10999 Berlin Tel: +49 (0) 30 695 665 - 89 Sales Management Elke Gersdorf, Tel: +49 (0) 89 – 14 83 87 92 Fax: +49 (0) 89 – 14 83 87 89 Printing Chroma Druckerei Imwalidow 9, 68 200 Zarky, Poland Taxi-Times is published 6 times a year Price 6,80 € ISSN-Nr.: 2199-4048 Website: PHOTO: Martin Waalboer Fancy Taxi Times? Launch offer! Subscribe to the print issue of Taxi Times now and secure all editions 2015 for free! News update taxi-times Verlags GmbH new: Frankfurter Ring 193a D-80807 Munich Simply scan QR code and order free copies! Or contact us: Mail: Phone.: +49 89 215 48 30 75 Tel.: Fax: Mail: Free trial! Know what is happening in the taxi world The newsletter with international taxi topics · This always keeps you up to date · Every two working days the latest updates from the taxi world · In English and German Register now for free below ... +49 89 215 48 30 70 +49 89 215 48 30 79

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