Show Business: Gold in the Gift of Gab

Despite recession, lecturers are in demand and in the money

Vegas is hurting, and Broadway is no longer booming. Hollywood is nervous, and book publishers are crying recession. But recession has a soft and silky silver lining for some people in the entertainment business: those who make money on the lecture circuit. Fees are up as much as 30% over last year, and audiences are not only willing but eager to pay and listen. "The lecture business is better in a recession," says Robert Keedick, president of the Keedick Lecture Bureau Inc. "People are...

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