If you’re wondering what 35 looks like, you’re holding the answer in your hand. This week we’re celebrating our birthday—and, starting with three covers, this special issue is full of presents for you, our readers. We’ve asked stars like George Clooney and Oprah Winfrey about their life-changing moments, and we’ve brought together icons from the worlds of fashion, food and entertainment to talk about their journeys to success. We also obtained Katie Couric’s list of defining moments from the last 3½ decades, as well as Randy Jackson’s music picks and Julia Roberts‘s favorite movies.
Not only that, we have stocked the magazine with value and gifts. (Don’t miss the coupon book on page 98, which offers $35 of savings.) And as a tribute to the relatable, inspiring stories about regular Americans that are a cornerstone of what we do here, we decided—along with sponsors Lean Cuisine, L’Oréal Paris and Target—to mark our big year by granting wishes to some of our most deserving readers and heroes (see page 120). Check out the tale of Monique and Kenneth Clark, who spent the money they’d saved to celebrate their wedding helping a needy family instead; or Safeia Jumarally, a Florida mother of three, who sometimes has a bowl of cereal for dinner so her kids get enough to eat—and see the amazing surprises People and our sponsors have prepared for them. As Jumarally—whose family spends its free time volunteering for Meals on Wheels—told us when she learned of her sudden good fortune, “I never did this to be famous; it makes me feel good.”
Us too. Thanks for coming along for the ride, and here’s to the next 35 years.
Larry Hackett, MANAGING EDITOR