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About 10 years ago, I had the ex­cep­tion­ally good for­tune of mov­ing to Europe with my fam­ily and spend­ing a few years work­ing for a multi-na­tional com­pany. My po­si­tion there in­cluded lots of travel around the globe, and it af­forded me the op­por­tu­nity to main­tain re­la­tions with col­leagues and busi­ness part­ners whose proud an­ces­tries had lo­cal roots in each of this planet’s six pop­u­lated con­ti­nents.

As I rev­eled in my ex­po­sure to such a di­ver­sity of global cul­tures on their home turfs, so to speak, I also en­joyed my unofficial po­si­tion of be­ing the only Amer­i­can in most of those sit­u­a­tions. Of­ten ribbed play­fully (but some­times less so) as some­one from a coun­try with­out a true cul­tural her­itage, I would at­tempt to en­lighten my co­horts with the aware­ness of Amer­ica’s rich­est and most- defin­ing char­ac­ter­is­tic: our na­tional her­itage is our peo­ples’ shared ac­cep­tance of ev­ery­one’s cul­ture.

While, of course, one could chal­lenge such a claim with spe­cific ex­am­ples to the con­trary, I be­lieve Amer­i­cans are over­whelm­ingly united be­cause we are such a melt­ing pot of the world’s an­ces­tries. To­day, whether I find my­self in New York City, Los An­ge­les, Topeka, or Key West, I am both aware of and take com­fort in the di­ver­sity of our pop­u­la­tion, en­joy­ing the ex­po­sure we have to the world’s cul­tures here at home… thanks to our proud his­tory of ac­cept­ing peo­ple from all walks of life.

In this is­sue of PS Mag­a­zine, we in­vite you to join us as we con­tinue the Amer­i­can tra­di­tion of cel­e­brat­ing and hon­or­ing the im­por­tance of ev­ery­one’s her­itage. As al­ways, please find a com­fort­able space and en­joy a read of the fea­ture ar­ti­cles and pieces con­tained herein. Chances are, you might just learn some­thing new about one of your friends or neigh­bors!

Sin­cerely, John Po­latz Pub­lisher and CEO

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