National Geographic : 1988 Jan
Eddie even plans to encourage guests to take a stab at plowing the field, because "maybe doing all this will give people some idea why and how we've gotten to where we are today, maybe even steer them back to the better things we've forgotten." MERICANS LOVE MONEY. Not with greater fervor than other peoples, but certainly with more brashness. The golden license-plate frame on a Mercedes in Texas declared: "This is my $40,000 toy." A McDonald's in Gulf Shores, Alabama, displayed the slogan: "Make money while you make friends." In Monterey, California, a young woman flaunted a necklace of thick gold letters reading, "I'm rich." During Mardi Gras a civic-minded New Orleanian was shown on TV in a street covered with a thick layer of cans, paper, food, and colorful rags. Gesturing at this crop of garbage, he gleefully declared: "The more trash, the more money made." During the Sunday service at a Baptist church in Tuxedo, North Carolina, the pastor assured his congregation of the Tobe onthe roadis avery American experience. You have to drive through America to understand how enormous it is. With no set itinerary, we logged three months of travel on cross-country drives from our home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. We flew to see Wyoming in winter and New Orleans during Mardi Gras. lemon ,bridge MhA an ,ao Montere L Salrs anMigue LOS AJ Lord's love and providence and proceeded to give an example of divine grace. I expected a story of the kind familiar to me from Poland, about a miraculous healing or the spiritual redemption of a sinner gone astray. MALGORZATA NIEZABITOWSKA, a 1986-87 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, and her husband, photographer TOMASZ TOMASZEWSKI, contributed "Remnants: The Last Jews of Poland" to the September 1986 issue. During their year-long sojourn in the United States, the GEOGRAPHIC invited them to share the reactions and insights of jour nalists seeing this country for the first time. DiscoveringAmerica Americans are not always held in high opinion in Europe. But our experiences during the 14 months we lived in the U. S. were very positive. We can make only one generaliza tion: Americans are extremely nice, warm, open people. We have the best of memories of them.