by Adam Pitluk
I enjoyed reading the November article on Rocky and Creed. I moved to Philadelphia, where Rocky was filmed, three and a half years ago, but I have never watched the movie. I jog by the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art each weekend, and I see the tourists taking pictures of the Rocky statue. The first movie came out when I was still in diapers, so I never understood the phenomenon that begot six sequels. As a single professional woman, I always assumed that I would not be interested in a boxing movie. Your article showed me the depth of the character of Rocky. It’s a story about the underdog who wins against all odds. It encompasses themes of hard work, determination and the American Dream. Your article has inspired me to rent Rocky when I return home to Philly. Thank you for turning me into a true Philadelphian!
As a lifelong fan of the Rocky series (I was 3 years old when the first one came out), I was enormously pleased to see Sly Stallone grace the cover of your November issue. It was great to see a bio piece treated with the depth and richness you brought to it. Your inclusion of the “old man Rocky” painting and the observation that Stallone is just one year younger than Burgess Meredith was when the original film came out makes the franchise seem somehow more complete and satisfying. Creed was a fitting chapter in the saga and Stallone’s best performance to date. Well done, to them and to you.
Ed Leibowitz’s story, “Rocky Revival,” was excellent! Actually, the word excellent or even superb doesn’t do it justice. It opened up a whole new world of understanding Sylvester Stallone as not just the face of Rocky but as the creator of Rocky. Having been familiar with the film Fruitvale Station, it was amazing to see how all the dots connected for Stallone to allow the director of Fruitvale Station, Ryan Coogler, to also direct Creed. Adding to the amazing insight into the shaping of the life of Sylvester Stallone as well as of the Rocky brand was the uncanny timing of my reading the article. I had just gone to see Creed with my family.
For years during flights, I have always picked up the magazine in the pouch attached to the seat in front of me. Usually, this is just to browse through the magazine to see some stylish apparel and accessories, the latest gadgets, and other unique items usually not sold in stores. Never before can I remember reading such a comprehensive, well-researched and exceptionally written article in an airline magazine. Thanks for adding to my flight experience! The next time I fly American, I won’t be in such a rush to pull out my own reading material. I’ll first want to take a glance and see if there’s another amazing article awaiting me in American Way.
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