At least, a lot of people apparently want to be a winner. (Actually, that’s a dumb statement. Is there really anyone who doesn’t want to be a winner?)

Nearly 2,700 people entered our contest and tried to figure out where Jim Shahin and his family went on their vacation. Tierra del Fuego, the correct answer, was guessed most often, followed by Hong Kong and Buenos Aires. However, only about a quarter of you gave the right answer. Despite that, we have a winner in our contest. Kim Schneider of Green Bay, Wisconsin, will receive 200,000 AAdvantage miles — more than enough to get her to Tierra del Fuego and back, or pretty much anywhere else her heart desires.

For those of you unfamiliar with Tierra del Fuego, you’ll want to read our next issue, which comes out September 15. When you pick it up, look for two pieces by Jim: One is a story all about his trip, and in the other (his regular column) he talks about it from another perspective. The pieces are both funny and informative. Tierra del Fuego sounds like a fabulous place and definitely one worth visiting. You can count on seeing me there soon.

I’m also excited to announce that the entire American Way staff has finished reading the almost 9,000 entries to our Fourth Annual Road Warrior contest, and we’ve narrowed the stack down to 20 finalists. By the time you read this, we will have chosen the five winners. Alas, you won’t find out who those winners are until you pick up our December 15 issue.

I was happy to see that the number of female entries was much higher than last year’s. Way to go, girls! Maybe this is your year to win. But of course I can’t promise anything. We received quite a few strong and creative entries, which made for tough decisions on our part.

In fact, I’d like to extend special kudos and thanks to the AW staff, who spent countless hours beyond the typical day reading through your entries. If not for them, we’d have no winners.

One thing that made the entries fun to read this year was the photos that many people submitted. Some of you had a good time with this, and it’s always cool to put a face with a story. So thanks to those of you who took the time to find and include a relevant photo.

For those of you who weren’t a winner this year, don’t give up. Instead, read our story on Donovan McNabb on page 46, as well as the essay from a Philly fan on page 32. If nothing else, these stories should give you inspiration to keep going after the things that are important to you. Or just keep you believing in the idea that with enough work, your day will come.

For more inspiration, don’t miss our interview with Joe Bastianich, the genius restaurateur behind the success of two well-known and talented chefs, Lidia Bastianich (his mom) and Mario Batali. He’s a great example of someone who’s riding the wave of seemingly endless success. Turn to page 28 to learn the secrets behind some of the best and most popular restaurants in New York and, if his success continues, in the rest of the country, as well.

Congratulations to all of our winners, and best of luck to the winners to come.

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SHERRI GULCZYNSKI BURNS
Editor