Brian Iler is a long-time friend of This Magazine and it is no exaggeration to say that if not for the considerable time he has spent as a volunteer legal advisor to me and my colleagues, This Magazine might have gone under years ago.
And so, we would like to offer our best wishes to Brian and his family as his son Andrew Agnew-Iler recovers from a life-threatening gunshot wound. We’re thinking of Andrew and hoping for a full and speedy recovery.
Brian writes in a letter to friends that Andrew was shot in the early morning of April 19. He survived in part because he was in excellent physical condition — mainly the result of his recent involvement with parkour, also called PK and urban free-form running.
“Last Saturday, I was going out for a video, and Andrew asked me to wait, and he would walk with me, as he was going to meet friends. As we walked, he talked about how important PK has become to him — ‘Dad — I’ve stuck with this longer than anything else in my life,’ and how he wanted to devote as much time as he could to it — ‘We’re starting a new sport’ he enthused. In part, I think, he was pitching to avoid the pressure to get a paying job for the summer, and in larger part, to be sure, genuine excitement.”
In one of those strange coincidences that I believe must have some meaning, Andrew appears in classic parkour form in the current issue of This Magazine.
Brian writes: “For more about Parkour (PK), see their Toronto website, that Andrew had a huge hand in developing. PK is entirely self-managed by its participants, with no outside assistance or support.
“The website has a forum thread on what’s happened to Andrew, ‘Let us hope and pray for Wolfie.’”