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You Need to Read This

As many of you know (and have pointed out), I often use this space to talk about myself. But in this issue I’m going to spend my time talking about you and some other equally­ interesting stuff. First, as soon as you get a chance, go to our website at www.americanwaymag.com and browse around. You should notice immediately that it is new and way improved! Many of your favorite stories, as well as our “UpFront” and “DownLow” sections, among other things, can be found there.

But the thing you’ll probably be most excited to find there is the entry form for our annual Road Warrior Search.

Because we’re in our fifth year (can you believe it?), we’re changing up the contest in some interesting ways.

Here’s the deal: The contest begins right now (and by that, I mean July 1), and it ends promptly at 11:59 p.m. on August 31. Now, you may think, No problem — I have plenty of time. But we all know how fast time screams by. So I’d highly recommend getting started right now.

Those of you who have entered in the past (or have thought about entering) probably remember that we’ve always asked you to answer three essay questions. This time, there is only one essay question.

New to the contest is a cool photo montage. For this part of the contest, you must identify places around the world (we want to see just how globally savvy you are). To have a little fun, we’ve also added what is my personal favorite, a Mad Lib that has been specially created for you road warriors by the fine Mad Lib editors at Price Stern Sloan, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group.

But those aren’t the only changes. We’re also going to choose the winners differently. Instead of selecting our top 20 finalists, interviewing them over the phone, and then choosing five winners, we’re going to narrow it down to five finalists from the get-go.

Then, from October 15 to November 14, you guys, our readers, will be asked to visit our website, read the five finalists’ contest entries, and vote for who you think should be declared our third-prize winners, second-prize winner, and Road Warrior MVP. Pretty cool, huh?

If you’re on the fence about entering (although the Mad Lib alone should entice you), take a look at the fabulous prizes you could win.

Our three third-place winners will each receive a five-day, four-night vacation for two at the Hilton Waikoloa Village in Hawaii from AmericanAirlines Vacations, as well as a two-year subscription to T-Mobile HotSpot Wi-Fi Internet service. The second-place winner will receive a Bose Lifestyle 48 home entertainment system, a Bose SoundDock, and a pair of Bose QuietComfort 2 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones. And the grand-prize winner will receive two million Hilton HHonors Bonus Points, good at participating Hilton family hotels around the world, as well as a million American Airlines AAdvantage miles.

But that’s not all! Our five winners will each receive a Toughbook CF-74 laptop computer, courtesy of Panasonic.

So turn to page 21 for all the necessary details.

There’s one thing that hasn’t changed this year: You can still upload a picture that best represents your road warrior life.

We can’t wait to hear from you and find out whether you’ll be this year’s Road Warrior MVP! Good luck.

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