CHICAGO: Dennis Tito, who paid the Russian space program dollars 20
million to become the first 'space tourist,' is far away from ringing
phones and e-mail overload. But the opposite is true for the beleaguered
Chicago office of The Dilenschneider Group. The agency is fielding all
space-related media calls made to Tito's California company, Wilshire
Associates. A voice-mail message asks reporters to e-mail questions,
warning that phone calls will not be taken.
But Tito's beaming mug is all over the place, giving new meaning to the
phrase 'satellite media tour.'