We love letters. Maybe it's because our grandmas always used to tape a quarter to our birthday cards when we were little, and we now have this Pavlovian thing going on. Regardless, we want to hear from you. Sing our praises, bust our chops, or just tell us what's on your mind. Send your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I love it when I see a brand-new issue of American Way. I pick it up immediately after I get to my seat. I first glance through all the sections and then dig into what I find most interesting at the time. I usually end up reading the magazine from cover to cover, and I do that during several trips. The articles are very well balanced, with enough interesting topics to keep me reading.
I save the Sudoku puzzles for the end. I must confess that I find the Diabolical puzzle out of my league, but I always give it a try. Usually, the problem is the plane is about to land and I just don't have enough time to finish it.
I wish you had an in-between issue for road warriors who so enjoy this great entertainment tool and appreciate your excellent work. I just can't get enough, and I am sure I'm not the only person who feels this way!
DORIS OSPINA, FRISCO, TEXAS
Dear Doris: If you think the Diabolical Sudoku puzzle is hard, try publishing a new magazine every week. We publish two times a month, and that sounds diabolical to us! And Doris, you are allowed to take the issue with you so you can finish the puzzle later.
GET IN TOUCH
Sherri Burns seemed to be searching for direction with her "Editor's Note" in the February 15 issue. Allow me to help:
Sherri, you are a bright, talented, successful, powerful woman. That is evident to all who read your column. Strive for balance with your editorials. Alternate between your personal adventures and the personal interests of your customers. Become genuinely interested in other people. Make your customers feel important. Arouse in us an eager want to read your columns.
In your October 1, 2006, column, you detailed going cold turkey without your BlackBerry for a weekend while staying at a four-star Chicago hotel. I read this column as I flew into O'Hare from Phoenix. I spent that night sleeping on the floor at O'Hare as severe thunderstorms swept across the area. Hundreds of flights were canceled, and the airport was chaos. That night, I reflected on your column and how out of touch it seemed with the reality of what was happening at O'Hare.
There were many acts of unselfishness that night. One American Airlines captain stayed at a gate for nearly six hours, tirelessly answering questions for confused and weary passengers. BlackBerrys and fancy hotels were the last things on anyone's mind. I found myself wishing that you were there with us, walking through O'Hare and seeing the countless unselfish acts that would've made worthy subjects for your column.
ALLAN E. KOSKI, ISHPEMING, MICHIGAN
Dear Allan: Sherri wishes she had been at O'Hare that night, too, as, with her newfound ability to go without her BlackBerry for a little while, she would have had time to chat with our passengers.
ONE OF THE BEST
In your March 1 issue, you had a story on Terrence Howard called "History Buff." I had to write to let you know how much I enjoyed the article. I have seen all of Howard's movies, and I believe he is one of our best actors, not to mention one of the hottest-looking men in show business.
MARGARET WILLIAMS, TOLEDO, OHIO
Dear Margaret: You aren’t alone. A lot of people wrote in to tell us how much they enjoyed our interview with Howard. We thought he was awesome too.
I must get to a bookstore to check out Mark Seal’s new book, Celebrated Weekends: The Stars’ Guide to the Most Exciting Destinations in the World. I enjoy how his interviews provide such a unique perspective on various cities.
Also, I just flew from Dallas back to Fort Myers, devouring Bryan Reesman’s interview with Terrence Howard about Philadelphia. I would never have looked at Philly from an “earthy” perspective, as Howard did, but after reading his remarks, I see the town in a new light. Very cool.
KRISTY VAUGHN, FORT MYERS, FLORIDA
Dear Kristy: As excited as you are about the story on Philadelphia, please spread the word to all those Flyers and Sixers fans — they might feel better about their city after reading Howard’s comments.