Editor’s Note: Father Time

A note from Reader's Digest editor-in-chief, Liz Vaccariello.

By Liz Vaccariello from Reader's Digest | February 2012

Liz Vaccariello Editor-in-Chief Liz Vaccariello
I lost my dad last year.

Sure, lots of memorable stuff happened to me in 2011. My daughters started first grade. I read and will never forget Unbroken. I did a pull-up for the first time!

But Dad’s passing? That defines last year for me. It signals a shift in all the many things uniquely us: Michigan football. Cleveland Stadium mustard. Knowing how to parallel park, change a tire, and balance a checkbook the “right way.” Handwritten letters on his Ludlow Antiques stationery to his homesick firstborn at U of M. An appreciation for Neil Diamond (shhh). And, did I mention, Michigan football?

“Good job on the Today show, honey,” he’d say. “Very informative. Was that a new blouse?”

I came to realize the expanse of the void when, late last fall, I got this job — the job of being the editor-in-chief of your Reader’s Digest, the most trusted magazine in America. I was humbled by the opportunity. Incredulous, really. I texted friends, war-dialed my sister. But first I told Mom, who said the one thing I needed to hear: “I wish your father were here. He would be so proud, honey.”

That’s my intent, as I shepherd Reader’s Digest and its website, books, and apps through the coming years. I hope to do him — and you — proud. Oh, and I’ll try to keep the Michigan football stuff to a minimum. Though Tom Brady? Michigan. I’m just sayin’.

Write to Liz at liz@rd.com

THIS MONTH I WANT YOU TO:

Laugh…at “It’s Been Fun, 2011.”

Cheer…for your town at rd.com/america.

Sigh…over these amazing love stories:

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Their divorce didn’t work out, so they did an “I do” redo »

She didn’t want to meet him, so their families concocted a scheme »

  • Your Comments

    • Jaxon

      I love your editorials, at least, since the new format. I don’t think I read them before. I’m touched by the subjects and find them on point and they make me think. My daughter has a similar talent though not a writer. She was the moderator for her church and weekly wrote notes for the bulletin that made similar observations. Anyway, cheers to you!!!

    • Joy R. Dion

      Love the new format and content choices. Knew you responded to readers’ requests when you returned to having the jokes placed throughout the issue but your latest issue reflects RD’s commitment to its readers and their thinking.

    • Elaine Clark

      Dear Liz, I just wanted you to know that our READER’S DIGEST for January, has no print on pages 88;96-7. Otherwise, we really like to read from cover to cover! thank you for your attention. Respectfully, Elaine Clark