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from the publisher’s desk
IT’S THAT TIME of year: time to prepare to go back to
school. To help you get ready, this issue includes a special
Back to School section with articles and items that we hope
will help get students at every level off to a good start.
Kids and adults of every age can put their brain in gear
with the brain exercises found on lumosity.com (page 35).
In addition, reading books to infants and young children
builds early literacy skills essential to their success later in
school (page 37).
Many college students will be heading back to school
this month with their expensive electronic devices and
computers. Our story on page 39 offers helpful information and advice on insuring their
valuables. We can also help your student’s dorm room feel like a home away from home
with a dorm-size refrigerator and microwave oven that you’ll find on page 45.
The fall sports season will be under way with the start of school, and no sport is
immune from concussion dangers, particularly for teens. Our story on page 49 will help
you better understand the danger as well as common signs of a concussion so proper treatment can be quickly administered.
During this last warm month of summer, you may want to try some of our cool and
refreshing desserts on page 56. These desserts not only taste good but are also good for
you since they are made with natural ingredients and no processed and refined ingredients. You also might want to serve some of our naturally lean and healthy shellfish. You’ll
find a how-to guide for mussels, clams and cockles on page 59.
Finally, our fall apparel lineup is arriving in the warehouses this month. You’ll find our
new Kirkland Signature™ men’s and women’s clothing in the Buying Smart feature on pages
84 and 85. Stay warm this fall with men’s corduroy pants and sweatshirts and men’s and
women’s jackets; women can exercise or go through the day comfortably in our new ladies’
activewear. If you are looking for big and tall or plus sizes, be sure to check Costco.com.
Enjoy the last days of summer, from all of us at Costco. C
Ginnie Roeglin is Senior Vice
President, E-Commerce and
Publishing, and Publisher of
The Costco Connection.
from the editor’s desk
AT THIS TIME OF YEAR, when summer drifts into
August, parents and children start thinking of preparing
for the school year. Among the thoughts that come to my
mind are the teachers I had over the years who were so
influential in many ways.
In grade school, it was the teacher who pasted pic-
tures of the planets on the front wall as a solar system
progress chart to inspire us to read. Each student had his
or her own little paper spaceship that advanced from one
planet to the next for each book we read, all the way to
Pluto! In college, it was the professor who, over the course of a quarter, tied mythology,
fairy tales and dreams to the works of Sigmund Freud and C.J. Jung.
But the one who stands out the most is Mr. Dennis Olson, my high school English
teacher. Like Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society, Mr. Olson introduced us to the difference between escapist literature and real literature, which would take us not away but into
ourselves—a gateway to deeper things. More importantly, he said we all needed to learn to
write, and so we did, nearly every day, in an essay, quiz or paper, every one of which he
A few days ago, out of the blue, I phoned Mr. Olson, now retired, to say thanks from a
former student. His voice brought me back to those high school years and a time of
becoming a young adult. I asked what it was that kept him motivated to teach for more
than 32 years. His simple reply: seeing his students grow.
Do you have a favorite teacher from your student days? One who not only taught, but
inspired and moved you? If so, I’d like to hear from you for a possible future story. Send me
an email with a few notes on this special person to firstname.lastname@example.org. C
Tim Talevich is Editorial
Director of The Costco