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My fiancé and I both had separate work trips over our first Valentine’s Day since we have been engaged: I was in Chicago and he was in Côte d’Ivoire [Ivory Coast]. With an engagement ring on my finger but no one beside me, it was a very lonely time in the Windy City as I watched bouquets of flowers being delivered and couples all around me. On my flight to Miami, I picked up the Feb. 15 issue of American Way and saw a great feature on Manaus, Brazil (“Crossroads of the Amazon”). As an adventurous couple that also likes the city life, we think this is a perfect honeymoon destination — one that I had never even considered. Thanks for opening my eyes to a great location (and helping me feel a little less lonely).
Amy Ngai, Washington, D.C.

SENIOR EDITOR ANNA K. FIALHO RESPONDS: Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials, Amy. We’re glad to hear that American Way could keep you company on Valentine’s Day. Manaus, Brazil, is an amazing city, and I’m sure you and your fiancé will have a fabulous time.

I was happy to see that Tim Cowlishaw’s article, “Something’s Gonna Change My World” (Feb. 1), detailing the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, pointed out the importance of radio in creating a Stateside groundswell for the Liverpool group. Months before KLIF’s Ron Chapman introduced the Beatles to Dallas fans at Memorial Stadium in 1964, a Washington, D.C., DJ named Carroll James was playing Beatles records on WWDC radio in heavy rotation. In early December 1963, one of James’ listeners, Marsha Albert, had seen the Beatles on a CBS-TV news broadcast and asked James, who also saw the broadcast, to play their records. The group’s ­records weren’t available in the U.S., but the resourceful James talked a British Airways flight attendant into bringing a copy of “I Want to Hold Your Hand” across the Atlantic. Just before playing the record (and before its U.S. release), he allowed his loyal listener Marsha to introduce it on the air. The date was Dec. 17, 1963. Two weeks later, due to listener demand, Capitol Records released the record in American markets. Less than two months later, the Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Don Hagen, Washington, D.C.

ASSOCIATE EDITOR JAN HUBBARD RESPONDS: It’s always fascinating to find out bits and pieces of background when looking back at a phenomenon, Don. Thanks to Marsha Albert, music fans in Washington, D.C., became Beatles fans a couple of months before the rest of the country. Great story.

Leonard L. Haynes III (right) and his brother, Walter Lafayette Haynes

I would like to share an important bit of history that is worthy of sharing with the broader public you serve. I am an African-American, and I have a photo  of my brother and me boarding an American ­Airlines plane in 1956 or 1957, departing Columbia, S.C., for Nashville, Tenn. The reason this is important is because the practice of racial segregation was still a part of Southern life and work at the time. The fact that my brother and I are pictured in our Sunday best as young boys boarding a flight in Columbia in the 1950s clearly demonstrates that American Airlines was at the forefront of supporting diversity and inclusion in its operations when it was not the custom nor practice.
Hon. Leonard L. Haynes III, Ph.D., Silver Spring, Md.

Dr. Haynes, your letter is one of the most rewarding and valuable pieces of correspondence we’ve ever received. I’m so glad that the photo is still in your family. What a piece of history. Thank you for sharing it.

I enjoyed reading the article “Pretty Red On the Emerald Isle” (March 1). I have two redheaded daughters, so even though I am not a redhead, I could feel the pain this woman experienced. Had I not been awake during my deliveries, I might not have believed these were my girls. I am a dirty blonde and just didn’t even think of the possibility of having one redhead, much less two. My oldest daughter’s hair was more strawberry blond, and I remember saying that it would probably not stay that color. My other daughter’s was more red, and she was probably always picked on. To this day she puts color on it. I remember her hairdresser saying that people pay top dollar to get her hair color. They both, of course, have plenty of freckles. One special comment that ­someone made many years ago helped me. Someone said freckles are “angel kisses.” Maybe for my youngest daughter, a trip to Ireland would benefit her. Thanks for the good read.
Elizabeth Pitman, Taylors, S.C.

ASSOCIATE EDITOR CHRISTIANA NIELSON RESPONDS: It’s great to know Kimberley Lovato’s story can be so relatable, Elizabeth. Hopefully your daughters have come to love their red hair — as they should. It sounds like a trip to Ireland would be both beneficial and encouraging for them.