Russ Berger owns a company in Addison well known for its "acoustical and architectural design for recording studios and broadcast facilities," among them the tony joints belonging to NFL Films, Whitney Houston, Billy Graham, National Public Radio in D.C. and World Wrestling Entertainment.
Berger's also the luckiest flier in the world: In today's New York Times, Berger writes about how much he actually enjoys talking to seatmates on long airplane flights -- because, for the most part, you never know who you'll wind up sitting next to. Turns out, being seated next to Michael Bolton's a good thing ... as long as Bolton isn't singing, one assumes. --Robert Wilonsky
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