“Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?” Simon & Garfunkel asked of the great Yankees star when they wrote “Mrs. Robinson” for The Graduate in 1967.
Real, live heroes are in short supply lately, so we decided to track down a few local champs—and champs-in-the-making—for this issue.
Some may argue that Joe Namath, the subject of this month’s 20 Questions, is, even today, the best thing that ever happened to the New York Jets. He talks to us about his die-hard devotion to NYC pizza and reveals the sage advice a coach once gave him that changed the course of his life.
Our outgoing mayor, Michael Bloomberg, is a hero to many—a study in contrasts who brought a billionaire businessman’s mind and an enthusiast’s zeal (or, some would say, a zealot’s enthusiasm) to our city’s problems. What many think he lacked in charisma, he made up for in sheer determination to see his goals achieved. Read his most impressive and most controversial stats in our Icon Index column.
Our cover subject, Hugh Jackman, is a hero of another ilk, a star of stage and screen and, of course, an actor with incredible range—which is on full display in his latest gripping thriller, Prisoners. I got to chat with the Tony-winning, Oscar-worthy Aussie in “Taking No Prisoners.”
Elsewhere in the issue, our food critic, Gael Greene, fills us in on the Laotian fare she’s currently craving. And in our Fictionist section, we’re thrilled to offer worship-worthy poetry from former United States Poet Laureate Billy Collins’ new book, Aimless Love. His poem, “American Airlines #371,” is a nod to one of this October issue’s themes: travel, which gets us excited about the fast-approaching ski season, fully covered in “Status Report.”
But if you’re keeping it local, take a drive north to sample the eateries we profile in “Harvest on the Hudson,” or spend a quiet off-season weekend in the Hamptons, where our latest issue of Beach will be awaiting you, chock-full of can’t-miss autumn stories.