Reporting: Missing on Friday

In one of its lighter stories about the business community, the Wall Street Journal gently chided those executives who take off for long weekends early Friday afternoon and leave instructions with secretaries to cover up for them. "The empty executive suites irk a lot of people," reported the paper. "An increasing number of businessmen are complaining that so many executives disappear on Friday afternoons that it is impossible to conduct any business."

The day the story appeared—which happened to be a Friday—the Westchester Business Journal conducted a similar survey. It phoned the...