LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER
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