“When I was 26 weeks pregnant I was hospitalized for a condition called HELLP syndrome. My blood pressure was sky high and I was having raging headaches and nosebleeds. I was told that my liver and kidneys would soon shut down and I could die. I was not given an option to continue the pregnancy. My daughter Macy was delivered by Caesarean section weighing a pound and a half. She was a fighter. She had wonderful care and is today a healthy and strong 21-year old woman. Every time I read about another attempt to impose limits on decisions that should be made between a pregnant woman and her doctor, I think - that could be me. If my tiny fragile daughter had not survived, the operation to save my life in 1997 might in today’s rhetoric be termed a “late-term abortion.” Today, in some states, the decision to deliver my baby and save my life would not have been made by a doctor, but by a legislature. And it is likely that neither of us would be here.” - Christi Hayes, posting on Pantsuit Nation two weeks ago
Robert "Bob" Leaf, 87, former international CEO at PR firm Burson-Marsteller.
Residents of high-tax cities are increasingly drawn to South Florida after last year’s tax law capped deductions.
📷 Mary Beth Koeth for The Wall Street Journal 📝: Laura Kusisto, Arian Campo-Flores and Jimmy Vielkind
Sonia Warshawski was born in 1925 in eastern Poland. During her teenage years, she survived three death camps: Majdanek, Auschwitz-Birkenau, and Bergen-Belsen. At Majdanek, through a peephole, she caught the last glimpse of her mother as her mother went to the gas chambers. Sonia was fifteen years old. One day at Auschwitz-Birkenau, to avoid being sent to the chambers, she hid in a pile of discarded prisoners’ clothes, holding her breath as guards poked the pile with their rifles. At Bergen-Belsen, as the British were liberating the camp in April 1945, she was shot through the shoulder. “I thought I was going to die,” she told me.
Today, at 93 years old, Sonia lives and works in Kansas City, running a tailor shop she opened with her husband some 38 years ago. She works six days a week. I had the opportunity to speak with Sonia last week, and she generously shared some of her story, which is also the subject of a documentary called “Big Sonia.”
My fifteen-year-old nephew has always wanted to visit New York City. After the sunset on day one, we sat down and had a riveting interview about his experience.
What did you think New York City was going to be like? Fun.
What did you think of Chinatown? I thought it was cool.
What did you think of Times Square? There were a lot of people.
What did you think of the subway? It was not as dirty as I thought it would be.
What’s your overall impression after day one? I like it.
I think tomorrow will be cool too.😎
Day two. We are using our words (sort of).
What was your favorite part of today and why was it your favorite? The 9-11 Museum. I learned a lot of things I didn’t know before, like the fact that you could see the smoke from space.
What do you think of the food at NYC Diners? It was actually really good. The sausage isn’t as good as the sausage in Texas, but the pancakes were really good.
How did you feel when you were at the top of the rock? I’ve never really seen anything like that before.
Yeah. Is that it? That’s it.
What did you think about the Italian food in Little Italy? It was great, other than the stomachache I had afterwards.
Overall impressions of day two…Today was probably better than yesterday. It was a great day. I like it here in New York so far.
Any other remarks? No.
Michael Jr’s last day in NYC
Tell me about the MET. What about it?
Was there a part of the museum that moved or excited you? I liked the graffiti from the 1800s on the Egyptian tombs.
How did you like the Broadway play? It was actually pretty good. Better than I thought.
Overall remarks about your first time in NYC. I thought it was a great experience. There are a lot of cool things that I’ve never done before and a lot of cool things I’ll probably never get to do again, maybe. I really liked the food and the places and some of the people. I had a great time.
Jon Platt photographed for Billboard Magazine’s Power 100 Issue at the Faena Hotel in Miami Beach.
📷: Mary Beth Koeth
digi tech 💪🏽: Javier Sanchez, retouching: Babydoll Studios
Eleven times a bridesmaid with these 11’s...and photo assistant extraordinaire, Douglas Pursley aka. Dougie Fresh
Pictured right to left: Kiley Crabb White, friend from Texas Tech, I was a bridesmaid in her wedding. Stephanie Coultas, friend from high school, I was a bridesmaid in her wedding. Nelda Johnson, mentor and friend. Stephanie Hockridge, friend since kindergarten, I was the maid of honor in her wedding. She’s wearing the dress that I wore. (behind right) Virginia Hinkle, friend from high school, I was a bridesmaid in her wedding. She’s wearing the dress that I wore. (behind left) Angela Gorczyca Portwood, friend from high school and college. Becky Bostic, friend from college, I was a bridesmaid in her wedding. Laura Lee Patterson Huttenbach, friend from the Raven Run, she’s wearing Nelda’s high school prom dress. Monica Koeth Fink, sister from the same Mister, I was the maid of honor in her wedding. She’s wearing the dress that I wore. Amanda Neuschafer, friend since 6th grade, I was a bridesmaid in her wedding. She’s wearing the dress that I wore. Katherine Young, friend from high school, I was a bridesmaid in her wedding. She’s eight months pregnant and wearing the dress that I wore (bought on Ebay for the party).
Five years ago, Emily Kimbro my design school buddy from Texas Tech University, gave me my first magazine assignment: A cover story about Rod Stewart impersonator, George Orr aka. Hot Rod. She knew I had a thing for weird and wonderful men in their autumn years (I still have a thing for weird and wonderful men in their autumn years). This issue (in seat-back pockets today!) is my fifth cover for Southwest: The Magazine. While I still feel like a rookie in more ways than one, working with pros Desiree Michelle Espada, Kevin de Miranda and Kimberley Lovato on stories like this is the equivalent of being piggybacked around the bases. A no-sweat home run. Who wouldn’t be grateful for that?
Creative Direction: Kevin de Miranda, Art Direction: Desiree Espada, Retouching: Patrick White, Photography: Mary Beth Koeth
Whenever anyone asks me who my dream client is, I always say, “AARP”. If you don’t follow their Instagram you totally should ( @aarpphoto ). I was overjoyed to photograph Nick and Lita for the August | September issue and even more delighted that this didn’t have to happen mid-air 😳. Thanks to Katrina Zook for making dreams come true, Violaine Bernard for the last minute retouch, Mark Borosch for the strong 💪🏽, and Lindsey Mataccheiro for hair/💄
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Flying into Friday with longtime AARP members Nick and Lita Oppegard! The two have been married 41 years, flying the whole time. They are pictured here in their 1929 biplane. Of their travels Nick said, "Just because we're older doesn't mean that we are in any way less capable of savoring and sharing grand adventures." Catch these two in our August/September issue. Photo by @mbkoeth