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I recently had the pleasure of reading your June 15 feature article on wheelchair bodybuilding (“Staying Strong”). I was so impressed that I took a copy with me to share with my son, a four-sport (football, basketball, baseball and track) athlete until the last day of school his junior year, when he was injured in a Jeep rollover. He is a quadriplegic who will greatly benefit from the article, especially the statement made by Neil Picone [a 32-year-old wheelchair bodybuilding middleweight champion]: “That’s the one thing I hope someone can take away from me. Just do something that you love, that you’ve got a passion for, and run with it. I think that’s all any of us wants.” That is my hope for my son also.
Associate Editor Jessica Jones Responds: We’re so happy to know that our story touched you and your son, Sharon. But more than that, I’m sure the men and women who compete in wheelchair bodybuilding will be honored to know that they’re serving as examples for other people in similar situations. It’s certainly a big part of the reason they do what they do.
MAGAZINE TRAVEL GUIDE
Over a year ago, I made my first visit to my fiancé, who lives in Montevideo, Uruguay. From Kalamazoo, Mich., it is a 19-hour journey, with stops in Chicago and Miami. So imagine my surprise when, after I boarded the short flight to Chicago, I found the June 15 American Way with stories about Chicago (“A Greek Hurray in Chicago”) and Montevideo (“A City Reborn”). It was like the issue was written for me. This is my sixth visit to Uruguay in the past year to visit my fiancé, who also happens to be male. With his visa application already submitted, I am happy to say that we will be flying back home to Michigan later this year (or early next), and American Airlines is going to get us there.
Brad Allison, Kalamazoo, Mich.
Associate Editor Jan Hubbard Responds: While it’s not uncommon for our stories to feature one destination in a person’s travel itinerary, two in one issue is quite a coincidence. We hope you got some ideas for things to do on your next visit to each city, Brad. Congratulations on your engagement and best of luck in the future.
I always enjoy the technology section of American Way that keeps me abreast of new and current information. The June 1 technology story entitled “The Future Is Here” was very informative and insightful, as I enjoy technology and learning of ways to stay up to date. It was the first I had heard of the new gesture-controlled computer. Thank you, American Way, for providing travelers with current and up-to-date information.
Senior Editor Anna K. Fialho Responds: We were fascinated when we learned about Leap Motion and the fact that the concept of gesture control has become a reality. We’re glad to know that our readers find it interesting, Rick. We strive to stay abreast of the most cutting-edge developments in the tech world.
I enjoyed Adam Pitluk’s column about country music and Cleveland (“The Cowboy in Me,” June 1) on a recent flight with my wife. I’m a Nashville singer-songwriter, and things are finally starting to pop for me now — I hope — in Music City. I love traditional country music as well.
Editor Adam Pitluk Responds: Curtis, if you write a song about Cleveland, Ohio, I guarantee that you’ll be No. 1 in the hearts and minds of every Browns fan along the Cuyahoga River.
I have always enjoyed discovering a new country, city, celebrity, etc. in American Way. But when I returned home recently from graduation ceremonies for my son at Northwestern University, it was different. In the last four years, Chicago has become my second home. When Adam Pitluk started to describe his Chicago experiences in his column “Chicago’s Bravest” [June 15], it hit me like a ton of bricks. I have been able to enjoy my regular trips to this great city in a safe and secure manner through the years without giving it much thought. There are so many heroes that make Chicago such a great place to experience. To all of you: Thank you for making me feel at home.
Rosemarie Lajara, Dallas
A.P. Responds: Excellent reflection and analysis, Rosemarie. Best of luck to your son. With a Northwestern degree, he’s ahead of the game.
A BRIEF ESCAPE
My daughter passed away recently, and I was accompanying her home on an American Airlines flight. These past weeks have been incredibly challenging, as many arrangements needed to be made, and there was scarcely a moment to reflect. The July 1 issue of American Way gave me a welcome escape, first into the world of “A Modern Mermaid Tale” before traveling west with “The One & Only” Armie Hammer and finally finishing off with Bobby Hinds and “The Path of Most Resistance.” Burying my daughter has been the most difficult time in my life, but your magazine provided a welcome escape before helping nudge me along into the next stage of life. Thank you for putting together such a wonderful product.
A.P. Responds: Your letter absolutely gives me chills, Andrew. I am so terribly sorry about your daughter’s passing. As the father of two daughters, I can’t think of anything worse in the world. Blessings to you and your family from all of us here at American Airlines.