| 27 March 2010
Milan, March 27, 2010
This is my memory just as ex-member of the great family of the Reader's Digest. It was September 1991 when I found myself on board of a flight from Milan to New York, destination: the Reader's Digest and five weeks of training at CB (now SE) International Editorial. I remember how much I was excited but with a great anxiety. It wasn't my first time in the US, all the same I couldn't ignore that in a short while I would have crossed the gates of the headquarters. (click Read More above)Monday, Sept 16. From Chappaqua House, where is my accomodation, I get to Guest House to have my breakfast. After which I set off along a path through the park in which is the RD. Walking I look around spellbound: I find myself in a garden of Eden, a vast park where the animals move on freely. There are ducks, squirrels, deers and fawns; trees are dressed in their Sunday best in an outburst of colours, from red and yellow to green: it's going to come the Indian Summer. When I reach the main building where are the offices of CB I expect another breath-taking sight... under a big oak I see a flowerbed of very large dimension literally covered with flowers. Believe me, a great great emotion! To find myself in the same place where there is all the history of the RD it's all like a dream! And I have seen what it does mean to be a member of a so big family as the RD. I'm feel very proud: it's a beautiful sensation that I can't describe, a sensation that changes into emotion the morning when I have an unexpected meeting.
That morning when I arrive at Guest House to have my breakfast, I come in as usual and I see that there is already a person sat at table waiting for his breakfast. I say "good morning" and I introduce myself: "Maria Venere Galiuto, from Italy. I'm a senior editor of ICB. Nice to meet you." The guest stands up and after to have shaken hands with me, he says: "Alex Haley. Nice to meet you too." I'm out of breath, I can't believe it... that man so kind is it really him, Alex Haley, the famous writer, the author of "Roots". I'm excited but yet I'm at one's ease because Alex is very affable, he asks me a lot of questions. Found out that I'm an editor he remarks we are members of the same profession. Actually, Alex has taken up his career working for the RD to which is deeply grateful. That same day Alex lectured at Wallace Auditorium on the "roots" of a writer reporting he is going to work on the sequel of Roots. At the end of conference there was a standing ovation, a found homage to a man admired and loved so much by all the people of the RD. Alex Haley died in February 1992 but the memory of him lives always in everybody's hearts.
I worked for the Reader's Digest for thirty years and still today I'm very proud of this great experience.
(N.B.) If you can, please excuse my inaccurate English!!!
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