MAN’S BEST FRIEND
I fly several segments a week and always look forward to the new American Way. The March 15 edition was of the usual quality, but the article “A Dog’s Life” by Carlton Stowers was outstanding. I don’t know how any dog lover could read it without tearing up. I missed my best friend Max (my awesome dog that we rescued two years ago) a little more. Hachiko’s loyalty and dedication were amazing. Thanks for publishing the great article.
Scott Riggs, Lee’s Summit, Mo.
Editor Adam Pitluk responds: Thank you for calling out Carlton Stowers’ article. He is, in my opinion, the finest American storyteller. It was a major coup for AW to land him; he’s won every award in the book in his 50-plus years as a writer. We hired him for people like you, our road warriors.


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NATURE AT ITS FINEST
I especially enjoyed the article “Close Encounters” by Jordan Rane in the March 1 issue. As I read about the author’s experiences, I was thinking about the excitement of being close enough to be able to look into the animals’ eyes or experience the immensity of their presence. The photography was appreciated for including pictures of these unique creatures and scenery of where they are found, along with little maps to show global location. After reading this article, I felt enticed to further explore the world traveling with American Airlines.
James J. Pearson, Allen Park, Mich.
A.P. responds: You said it all. I don’t care how many apps are out there or how many ways there are to occupy your time, I find, like you do, that nature is the best reality show of them all.

ADVENTURE DAD
My three young children always want to hear of my “adventures” on the road, so I want to thank you for providing such wonderful variety in American Way. In the March 1 issue, the “Close Encounters” article provided us with a great discussion about unique animals and faraway, exciting places (that they want to visit now too). We are making a trip to Washington, D.C., soon, and they can’t wait to guess which exhibits are Terry Chase creations [“A Day at the Museum”] and examine the fine details. Finally, they were amazed by the story of the Elfego Baca Shoot [“Stroke of (Evil) Genius”]. I can’t wait to see the next issue and share more stories with my family.
Gary Sullivan, Acton, Mass.
A.P. responds: As the father of two girls, I know how important it is to have good family-friendly content.

THE CLOTHES MAKE THE MAN
I just finished reading “The Spanx Experiment” in the Feb. 15 issue. Over the prior week, I attended the Tire Industry Association’s annual convention in Miami, then the Republic Waste meetings in Phoenix. At neither of these two events would anyone expect the conversation to turn to men’s fashion, let alone to the topic of Spanx. This product was discussed at both meetings, and the genesis was your magazine. Just imagine a bunch of tire guys and trash guys sitting and reviewing the merits of Spanx. We are truly becoming a highly evolved society! It wasn’t until my return flight that I was able to read the full article and laugh out loud while recalling the conversations of the prior week. Whether or not anyone will admit to wearing Spanx, they sure have gotten a lot of free advertising thanks to AA. Spanx a lot! Keep up the great work in finding truly unique and interesting topics.
Michael Poirier, Nashville, Tenn.
A.P. responds: This is the funniest visual I’ve ever had. Most of my buddies work in the car and alcohol industries (not at the same time, of course), and we had the same conversation as the tire and trash guys. We agreed we’d look better in Spanx, but none of us said we’d ever wear them. I guess we’re all cosmically related.

A LITTLE SOMETHING EXTRA
I very much enjoyed the article “Extras! Extras!” in the Feb. 15 issue. My husband was a featured extra in the film Office Space. Of course there was a list of dos and don’ts they needed to follow and lots of great stories of behind-the-scenes action. His latest extra experience was on True Grit. A bit of trivia: What is hidden under the women’s dresses in the gallows scene? Plastic water bottles. The day they filmed that scene was very hot, and at one point they took a break and distributed water bottles. Of course they had to hide all those plastic water bottles that didn’t exist back then. The quickest way to do that was to have the ladies raise their dresses and hide the evidence. Thanks for turning the spotlight on the background actors for a short time. They certainly add realism to a film.
Maria Moore, Austin, Texas
A.P. responds:
So when your husband is rich and famous, will he pose on the cover of American Way? Awesome note.