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A LONGTIME FRIEND
It was a hot afternoon as I boarded the American Airlines plane to Seattle from Dallas Love Field in July 1967. I sat down, pulled out The American Way and began to read. However, the flight attendants (then called “stewardesses”) pampered me while wishing me luck as this young soldier was beginning the first leg of his journey to Vietnam. The magazine was stuffed in my back pocket; then a duffel bag; later a rucksack. Finally, one day sitting in the sun drying out from a rice-paddy crossing, I dug through my gear and there it was, looking ragged and having gotten wet a few times. I begin to read, and it was warm and comforting and a bit of home for this Texas boy. Since then and more than a million miles later on American Airlines, I have read many magazines, sat in countless cabins and met numerous flight crews. Compared to the rest, no one does it better and cares more than the good folks at American. You are not just No. 1, but the only one in my book.
U.S. Army (Retired),
Editor Adam Pitluk Responds: This letter means a lot to us, Maj. Pryor. Not only to those people in the company who are veterans but also to people like me who were born after the Vietnam War and are trying to showcase the legacy of heroes like you. Much respect.
I am an avid reader of American Way, especially when I have long flights. It gives me a break from the reality that awaits once the plane lands. I was especially impressed and impacted by Kathleen Parrish’s article on self-tracking apps and gadgets (“Body.Conscious”) in the Nov. 15, 2013, issue. How insightful! I am pretty much always on the go, and I always find the excuse that I am too busy to monitor what I eat or how much activity I get. The useful tools to get to know your body better are definitely ones I will utilize. I may also treat myself to the Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity & Sleep Wristband that was featured. I feel as if this article was speaking directly to me, and it has been so helpful. Thanks for considering topics that are geared toward the busy travelers of the corporate world of today.
I fly American Airlines quite a bit, and I find American Way to be contemporary and very informative, yet also liberating because of all that is shared in the short briefs and special departments. The article on Mary Steenburgen (“Itinerary,” Nov. 1, 2013) and her latest role in the movie Last Vegas was enjoyable. The movie had a star-studded cast and lots of life lessons entwined throughout. The magazine also offers opinions and advice on issues that may have influence on your personal life. My favorite sections are the ones that deal with traveling to distant places, introducing cultures and the people; places that my wife and I would enjoy experiencing. So, as I sit there, often thinking of a place that would be fun to visit, I have already left before I leave. In a lot of ways, American Way is the embodiment of the American spirit and sense of adventure.
I just read Adam Pitluk’s “Editor’s Note,” “The Best Offense Is Deference” (Nov. 15, 2013), and it was a pleasure to read. I am not a typical football fan. I am a 37-year-old African-American female football fan who was born in Trinidad. I currently live in Maryland, and my home team is the Washington Redskins. In reading the column, I learned a little about football history. I also was reminded about the advances in racial equality that have been made in the sport over the years. I was also most pleasantly surprised to see that Howard University, my alma mater, was one of the teams in the first Orange Blossom Classic. That was awesome to learn. Thank you again for sharing this with me and all of your passengers.
AN INSPIRING COMMITMENT
I particularly enjoyed one of the articles in the Nov. 15, 2013, issue: “On the Grid,” which featured Leila Janah’s commitment to the poor through her nonprofit, Samasource. As a former Peace Corps volunteer who has maintained a strong interest in international development, it was heartening to read about a young professional woman who is working to expand opportunities for individuals in developing countries. Just think what the work would look like if more companies supported efforts such as this.