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NOT YOUR TYPICAL IN-FLIGHTMy husband and I travel quite often and normally bring our own magazines. However, we failed to do so when we traveled to see our daughter in Phoenix. I knew we could pass some time by reading the SkyMall catalog. Shortly after takeoff, I pulled out the American Way due to the eye-catching cover on the "role model," Taylor Swift (Dec. 1).
It was to my surprise that it wasn't the typical "Look at our fleet," "This is where we fly," "Fly with us and sign up for our rewards card" type of carrier magazine!
Shortly after looking at your product, I pointed it out to my husband, and the next thing I knew, he, too, was reaching for the seat pocket and reading American Way front to back! We both enjoyed the stories, fun facts, contests, gift guide - and did I mention the advertisements? As a small-business owner, I know you only want to advertise where the ad will be seen, and I think they've all made a very good choice on their investment.
Thanks for the good work you put into your magazine. We will be reaching for the seat pocket in search of you again the next time we board AA!
Janelle Payne, Bolivar, Mo.
Editor Adam Pitluk responds: Beautiful, Janelle. Just beautiful. I'm thrilled that we made a loyal reader out of you and your husband. We certainly pride ourselves on not being the typical, run-of-the-mill in-flight fare. Thank you for your business.
WHO GOES THEREAmerican Way used to have the reputation of being the best airline magazine. It probably still has that reputation. The issue I read (Nov. 1), is excellent for its purpose. It has travel information, beautifully written and photographed articles, and wonderful word games. Bravo!
One question: On the front cover, in the important upper left-hand corner, you write, "Who do you think you are?" Why not whom? Is this a dumb-it-down policy at your magazine? If it is, how sad. Or, did it just slip by you?
Marty Dick, via e-mail
Copy Editor Jennifer Worrell responds: Thank you, Marty, for writing in about who versus whom. Plenty of people find themselves stumped by those two. Our usage on the cover, however, is correct.
Simply put, the primary verb here is are, which is a form of the verb to be. If you happen to have a copy of the reference book Words into Type, turn to page 362. (And if you don't have a copy, consider picking one up; it's a favorite of many a grammar geek.)
According to WIT, "substantives connected by any form of the verb 'to be' should agree in case." In our sentence, because the subject (you) is in the nominative case, its antecedent (who) must also be in the nominative case. Remember: Whom is the objective form of who.
I hope this helps clarify the rule for you. Thanks for reading American Way.
NORTHERN SPIRITBorn and raised in North Dakota, I was proud of your article "The Dakota Spirit" (Dec. 1). North Dakota is a great state, but I had to laugh out loud when I read the comment: "The weather does come up, but not as often as you think. If it does, it's question 10 or 12 in the conversation." Only 600,000 people live in the state, because it's cold six months of the year! Until you experience a -40° air temperature and a -75° wind chill, you will not understand what cold really feels like! I love my home state, but I only visit during the summer.
Paul Demke, San Diego
Editor Adam Pitluk responds: That's about the coldest thing I've ever heard. -75° with the wind chill? I loved the North Dakota story, but I'll stay in Texas.
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SEEING DOUBLEBefore I settled in for a much-needed nap on a return trip home from Chicago, I looked through the Dec. 1 issue of American Way. As luck might have it, I spotted and thoroughly enjoyed Kim Schmidt's article "Double Vision." Reading the article right then was quite a coincidence, since I was just returning from a two-week visit to help care for newly born twin grandsons. Kim captured both the delight and the work involved with twins. And her description of Cleveland's Twins Days Festival has planted a seed for a possible future trip for my son's family!
Karen Schickedanz, Saddlebrooke, Ariz.
Editor Adam Pitluk responds: Glad we kept you up rather than put you to sleep, Karen! As a native Clevelander and the son of a twin, I highly recommend Twins Days for the entire family.
IRON MANMy husband and I made a recent trip to California and enjoyed reading the American Way magazine. We especially liked the article about fitness expert Jack LaLanne ("Going Strong," Nov. 15). He is an amazing person, and the author of the article did a super job telling the reader about him. Keep up the good work!
Willa White, Oklahoma City
Editor Adam Pitluk responds: Love to hear that not just one but both of you enjoyed American Way. And I'll relay your kudos to our Jack LaLanne biographer, Kathleen Parrish.