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NEW YORK NEWCOMER
On my way to New York City, I was excited to see that the Dec. 15, 2013, issue of American Way was about the city. I was visiting New York for the first time and was very excited to explore and also curious to read about it. I did not have much time to research the lovely city, so I was very thankful to American Way, which gave me some nice insights about it and helped me during my short and sweet stay. I loved the statement from Adam Pitluk in his “Editor’s Note”: “Perhaps the only sight prettier than New York City in the winter is New York City in winter by air.” Many thanks for providing such a valuable experience through your publication.
Editor Adam Pitluk Responds: Let me venture a guess, Ajay: After your amazing trip, you want to return. So it goes after someone’s first time visiting NYC!
EXCITED TO READ
Two articles in your Jan. 1 issue — “Buried Treasure” and “Uncovering History” — have inspired me to hit the books again. I grew up an avid reader of novels; so many that one of my grade school teachers limited the amount of book reports I could turn in each week. As time went on, however, my interest in reading slowed down while other activities (motherhood, Road Warrior-like business travel) have taken over. Flipping through American Way and learning about the true-life mysteries told in The Monuments Men and The Secret Rooms have piqued my interest in novels once again. Off to the bookstore I go.
Associate Editor Christiana Nielson Responds: We’re happy to play a role in increasing your interest in books, Mo. Both of those books are sure to inform and entertain.
A DINNER SAVED
My family and I have an annual holiday tradition of trying a new restaurant every year to give my mom (the official family cook) a break from the laborious work involved in creating our Christmas feast. This was my year to choose the location, but being the procrastinator that I am, our family outing was looking a bit glum because of poor planning on my part. Then, American Way came through. I was traveling home to Dallas and read your review of Apollonia’s Italian Kitchen (“Mangia Italiana!” Dec. 15, 2013). The descriptions of homemade gnocchi and crispy eggplant parmigiano left my mouth watering and — voila! — our dinner destination was confirmed. It was such a hit that I think my dad is going to choose it again next year — a bending of the rules that none of us will object to.
Managing Editor Travis Kinsey Responds: Amy, you and your family should be commended for looking out for Mom. I’m sure she truly and thoroughly enjoys the break, as well as the opportunity to visit with her family minus the pots and pans. And you’re entirely welcome for the restaurant recommendation. I’ve never been to Apollonia’s myself, but our piece on it, combined with your family’s recommendation, makes me want to try it out.
On a flight from Jacksonville, Fla., to Dallas, I was upgraded and seated next to Chicago Bears Hall of Fame legend Dick Butkus. As I politely minded my own business throughout the flight, I was amused to find Greg Schwem’s article “Going North” in American Way (Dec. 1, 2013). The article was about a Chicago Bears fan who traveled to the Green Bay Packers’ training camp and miraculously emerged as a Packers fan. When I pointed out how ridiculous the article was to Mr. Butkus, he was kind enough to autograph it for me and agreed that a true Bears fan is always a Bears fan. I guess enough cheese curds, bratwurst and beer will cloud anyone’s judgment. Go Bears!
Associate Editor Jan Hubbard Responds: I think if you’ve ever been to Green Bay, you’ll find out what Greg Schwem discovered: Maybe you don’t switch allegiances, but it’s hard to meet typical Packers fans and not be impressed by their sportsmanship. Perhaps you don’t become a Packers fan, Peter, but it’s easy to become a fan of Packers fans.
Had it not been for the fasten-seatbelt light, I would have fallen out of my seat laughing at “The Twinkie Crisis” (“Final Approach,” Jan. 1). We’ve all been there: the feeling of utter despair and panic when the thing that is most delicious in the world ceases to exist. Lucky for Gus Garcia-Roberts, his snack will likely make a glorious return to the parchment-paper shelves of that Cleveland confectionary (and perhaps some imitators along the way after his delicious description). You have daily flights to Cleveland, right? Wishing I was there!
Columnist Gus Garcia-Roberts Responds: Yes indeed, Lacey, we have many daily flights to Cleveland. Long live the chocolate-dipped goodness!
A GREAT FIND
What would you do if the gold wedding band you have worn for 43 years fell off your finger midflight? I told the purser, who recruited her colleagues (they searched with flashlights), who called the pilot, who, upon landing, summoned a mechanic, who took apart the seat piece by piece and who, in an impossibly small crevice deep in the mechanism, found the ring. It is only one of the many reasons I have been Executive Platinum on American Airlines for eight years. Thank you!
A.P. Responds: Great job by our AA co-workers and a happy ending to boot. Awesome letter, Ron!