From Dan de Mirmont to Miriam W...
at http://www.everything2.com/index.pl?node=Open%20Letter (scroll down half the page)
An advertisement placed in The New Yorker magazine, December 25, 2000/January 1, 2001 issue, p. 143:
(Open letter to Miriam W. seat 12C British Airways Flight 178, New York JFK to London Gatwick, Nov. 11, 1999)
This is an odd way to get in touch. When I first saw you sitting on the plane you were reading The New Yorker, so I'm trying this way to find you. I don't know much about you (other than your stories about Ohio). I did most of the talking, but I want you to know that our conversation changed my life.
Sometimes it's easier to talk to strangers and that flight was one of those times. I was in business, doing things I didn't enjoy. That morning I packed my suitcase, took the bumpy ride through the rain to the airport, feeling empty. On the flight I talked, you listened, and what you said gave me courage I never felt before.
I did it. I quit my job. I now live in Saigon in a house overlooking the river and have a business selling handmade things. Nice things, things that please me and that make people happy. It is going well and I owe you the drink I promised.
I would like to see you again. If you see this, please contact me.
Dan de Mirmont