We love letters. Maybe it’s because our grandmas always used to tape a quarter to our birthday cards when we were little and we now have this Pavlovian thing going on. Regardless, we want to hear from you. Sing our praises, bust our chops, or just tell us what’s on your mind. Send your thoughts to us at the following address: editor@americanwaymag.com.


MARVELOUS MAYA
I’ve got to get up early tomorrow for an American Airlines flight, but I want to thank you for having someone other than a superficial Hollywood celebrity on the cover of your November 15 issue (Maya Angelou was featured). There is hope for substance. Celebrity stuff is so passé. Please know that there’s at least one reader who really appreciates a glimpse of what you have ahead.

Best wishes to Adam Pitluk in his editorship. Make fellow journalists, your family and friends, and AA readers proud. Hopefully we’re moving into a more mature world.
M. GREG STATHAKIS, SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA

ADAM PITLUK RESPONDS: Greg, you weren’t the only person who responded positively to our Maya story. We’re glad it struck such a chord with people. Stay tuned for more.

IDENTIFIABLE
To Adam Pitluk: I enjoyed your editorial in the November 15 issue. While it encouraged me to read the November 2001 Time cover story you referenced as well as your article on Maya Angelou, I really was searching for your solution to overcoming dyslexia.

I find it intriguing that you found the power to enjoy reading and landed a career as an editor. I work in AAdvantage Marketing, specifically for the Business Development team. I have a nephew who recently turned eight years old, and his parents were told he has dyslexia. I shared your positive story with them.

It is amazing that you are fascinated with the written word, as many people I’ve met with dyslexia struggle to read. If you have a few minutes to share pointers, I would greatly appreciate your assistance in providing hope to our family. Thanks for the article!
STEPHANIE CALHOUN, FORT WORTH, TEXAS

ADAM PITLUK RESPONDS: Thanks so much, Stephanie. I really appreciate your note. You know, that was only the second time I’ve ever admitted to anyone that I had dyslexia. It’s been something I’ve been very embarrassed about my entire life. I thought it was time to cop to it and try to put it behind me, and I used my platform as a means to an end. Yours is the only letter I’ve received about that particular passage.

When you have dyslexia, the hardest thing to hear is: “You’re slow.” I operated under that assumption all through middle school until I decided that enough was enough and elected to go see a reading tutor. Over time, I improved and was so fascinated with my new gift (and I did view reading as a gift) that I started reading everything I got my hands on. Then I tried writing. It’s a long, protracted process, but if you’re surrounded by people who care (and obviously your nephew is), you’re already one step closer to the ends justifying the means.

A MEMORABLE TREAT
Turning to the back page of American Way’s January 15, 2009, issue, I read the article by Cathy Booth Thomas entitled “Thanks for the Memories.” Cathy mentioned that when she was in London, she lived on scones and “chip buddies.” Originally born in England, I was wondering what Cathy was talking about. After double-checking, my memory was validated, and I’d like to point out to Cathy that what she was eating is really called a “chip butty.”

A chip butty in England is a sandwich made with bread (usually white and buttered) and chips (french fries), often with some sort of sauce such as tomato sauce (i.e. ketchup) or brown sauce.

It was originally considered a working-class meal, served in pubs in England. The chip butty (the plural of which is butties) is a vegetarian-friendly (albeit junk-food-like) dish and has recently made a comeback. It is more common in the north of England.

Thanks to Cathy for the memory of a chip butty, which I had many times in England.
STEVE WILLIAMSON, IRVING, TEXAS

ADAM PITLUK RESPONDS: Thanks so much for the note, Steve. And great catch! I’ll have to make sure I have this in my lexicon.