I recently returned from American Airlines’ incredible Celebrity Ski event in Vail, which benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. If you’re not familiar with it or with its sister event, Celebrity Golf and Tennis, at the Four Seasons Resort Aviara and Del Mar Country Club in Southern California — which benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure — I encourage you to visit www.aaevents.com and check them out. They are corporate events like no other, but you really have to participate in them to see what I mean. And if you go to Celebrity Golf and Tennis in October, you might just meet me, as I’m really hoping to be there this year as a volunteer (hint, hint).
Anyway. At Celebrity Ski, not only did I learn to ski a little better — and that’s not saying much — I also learned that I (supposedly) won’t stop yapping until I get my way. (You’d think that after more than four decades I’d know that about myself.)
In this particular instance, I was trying to influence the afternoon ski plans. I thought I was merely being helpful, but I was told I was trying to get my way. While some people might find that trait irritating, this issue of the magazine is a prime example of why it can sometimes be a positive quality.
About four years ago, I decided it would be an awesome April Fools’ joke to do a spoof of our Celebrated Weekend cover and feature Homer Simpson’s Springfield in our April 1 issue. But there were many obstacles. First, there were people who didn’t think it was nearly as good an idea as I did and basically put the kibosh on it. Then, when that problem was overcome (i.e., the naysayers took new jobs), we had all kinds of trouble getting in touch with Homer. Every once in a while, probably every year right about the time that we were working on the April 1 issue, I would lament the fact that Homer was still just an elusive dream.
Then one day, when I mentioned it yet again (are you seeing how this can be perceived as a positive thing?), associate editor Anna Fialho came up with a writer who she thought might be able to deliver the goods for us. She dialed up Joe Guinto, one of our favorite writers, who quickly got to work.
As you can see from a quick glance at our cover, Joe was successful! If you turn to page 38, you can read his funny interview with Homer and learn about this celeb’s favorite places in Springfield (and yes, we realize that Homer and his hometown aren’t real; this was intended merely as a funny twist on our usual celebrity).
I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did! And, of course, whether you loved it or hated it, I always like hearing your thoughts. So be sure and let me know. And thanks to Anna and to Joe for making my dream come true (I know, I know, I really should have bigger dreams).
This issue also has a great story on Zurich by Greg Katz, one of our excellent contributing editors. It’s a fun and interesting take on a city that’s often overlooked. If, after reading the story, you decide you want to check the city out for yourself, you can enter to win two round-trip coach tickets to Zurich at www.americanwaymag.com. If you don’t win, you should still try to make Zurich part of your travel plans — and this is the perfect time of year to do it!
Sherri Gulczynski Burns