Telecommunications, Beer, Airline and Automotive/Truck Report Cards

Telecommunications Report Card

My "Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary" defines telecommunications as "communications at a distance". But I've graded these companies on their performance close-up. What grade would I give my reception?

Here's the grading system:
A-Excellent
B-Good
C-Average
D-Poor
F-Flunk

Here are the grades:

Swisscom AG (Switzerland)---B
Belgacom---B
Mobistar---A
Telekom Austria AG--D
Alltel (USA)---A
AT&T (USA)---B
BCE (Canada)---A
Bell Atlantic (USA)---A
BellSouth (USA)---F
British Telecommunications (England)---B
Cable & Wireless (England)---F
Deutsche Telecom (Germany)---D
France Telecom (France)---F
KPN (Netherlands)---F
MobilCom (Germany)---A
New Zealand Telecom (New Zealand)---F
Nippon Telephone & Telegraph (Japan)---A
Nynex (USA)---F
Sprint (USA)---A
TeleDanmark (Denmark)---A
Telia (Sweden)---A
Telefonica de Espana (Spain)---C
Telefones de Lisboe Porto (Portugal)---F

Automotive/Truck Report Card

I've visited many of the world's biggest makers of cars and trucks. How would I grade my reception?

Here's the grading system:
A---Excellent
B---Good
C---Average
D---Poor
F---Flunk

Chrysler: F (before merger with Daimler-Benz)
Volkswagen: C-
Daimler-Benz: A (before merger with Chrysler)
BMW: F
Porsche: A
Opel: D
Fiat: F
Ford: D+
General Motors: F
Nissan: D+
Paccar: F
Peugeot: F
Renault: F
Saab: F
Toyota: D
Volvo: A

 

I've Visited Quite a Few Headquarters of Airlines Around the World How would I rate the reception?

Grading Scale:
A=Excellent
B=Good
C=Average
D=Poor
F=Flunk/Failure


Alaska Airlines---A
Aloha---A
United---F
American---A
America West---A
Austrian---B
Finnair---A
SAS---A
US Air---B
Northwest---F
Delta---B
Southwest---F
Lufthansa---A
Swiss---F, then A on second visit
British---A
KLM---A
Texas Air---F
Hawaiian Airlines---F
Pan Am---B

Beer Companies Around The World

The suds may be good but what was my reception like?

Grading Scale:
A---Excellent
B---Not Bad
C---Average
D----Dismal
F---Two thumbs down and my lips will never touch their beer again

1. Anheuser-Busch (St. Louis, MO)---D
2. Coors (Golden, CO)---A
3. The Stroh Brewery Company (Detroit, MI)---C
4. Foster's Brewing Group Ltd. (Melbourne, Australia)---C
5. Lion Nathan Ltd. (Auckland, NZ)---C
6. The Molson Companies (Toronto, Canada)---A
7. John Labatts Ltd. (Toronto, Canada)---A
8. Kirin Brewery Company (Tokyo, Japan)---A
9. Carlsberg A/S (Copenhagen, Denmark)---F the first visit and an A on return visit
10. Heineken NV(Amsterdam)---A
11. Scottish & Newcastle plc (Edinburgh, Scotland)---A
12. Guinness (London, England) ---C
13. Whitbread PLC (London, England)---A
14. Holsten Brauerei AG (Hamburg, Germany)---A
15. Royal Grolsch N.V. (Enschede, Netherlands)---A
16. Bitburger Brauerei (Bitburg, Germany)---C
17. Feldschlosschen Hurlimann Holding-(Rheinfelden, Switzerland)---A
18. BBAG (Linz, Austria)---A
19. Ottakringer Brauerei AG (Vienna, Austria)---D