Monday, June 20, 2005

Pathfinder at Play: The Friday Night Pour

Pathfinder's employees worked like Trojans, but they were also blessed with a long-standing Time Inc. tradition known as the "Friday Night Pour." Each Friday, a white-coated butler would show up at's offices with buckets of alcoholic beverages, elevating staff morale significantly.

It is not known whether this tradition survived the AOL-Time-Warner merger. Because alcohol often serves to remove inhibitions, leading to the expression of primitive instincts and urges ordinarily supressed by the norms of the modern workplace, the "pour" was always controversial, even within the traditionally free-wheeling editorial corridors of the Time-Life Building.