Memories can stick to this
the past 11 years, a focal point of the Magazine's office decor
has been a slender white refrigerator door, circa 1970. The door
is unattached to a refrigerator, but that's okay. When the door
was delivered one hot summer afternoon, by a friend who worked
at the Resource Center (a Hyde Park recycling institution), we
weren't looking for a place to store lunches or cold sodas. What
we needed was a space to show off some U of C family photos.
photograph that started our quest was of two graying alumni smiling
in some sylvan setting, proudly clad in matching maroon U of C
sweatshirts. While we didn't have the space to publish the photo
in the Magazine, we couldn't bring ourselves to just throw it
out. Like the annual school portrait of a gap-toothed niece or
nephew, the image demanded at least a moment in the sun-or on
the refrigerator door.
door, of course, demanded magnets. We started with contributions
from our own kitchens. Quickly, a theme emerged: tacky. We took
tacky and ran with it. Soon an office custom was born. No one
goes away, whether on business or for pleasure, without bringing
back a magnetic groaner.
so the magnets have proliferated. Though they're often ugly or
banal, we regard them with affection. No wonder: A 3-D outline
of New Mexico-brought back by onetime editorial assistant Michele
Thomas, who left the staff for medical school and is now a physician-holds
down a Princeton Alumni Weekly clipping. It notes the election
of Don M. Randel (Princeton class of '62) to the U of C presidency.
The clipping has double meaning for us because PAW's new editor
is another former editorial assistant at the Magazine, Jane Chapman
may come and go, but the magnetics have a stick-to-it-ive-ness
all their own. Thus, a miniature skillet of plastic paella, brought
back by Associate Editor Kimberly Sweet from a trip to Spain this
spring, is here, though Kim is not. Kim-who joined the staff in
June 1994, fresh out of Northwestern's Medill School, and whose
memorable cover stories included an October/97profile of California
vintner Chris Howell, AB'75, and June-August/99's "Nice Work,"
a look at some of the more unusual of the University's job positions-left
the Magazine this summer to take a job as an associate content
strategist at marchFIRST, an international Internet consulting
company headquartered in Chicago. We'll miss the content-strategizing
that Kim did for the Magazine's own Web site.
magnet, this one a truly tacky plastic snow globe of the Golden
Gate Bridge, is the legacy of Associate Editor Charlotte Snow,
who also left this summer for the lure of the Internet. She's
joined a Chicago-based e-publishing venture, setting up an on-line
magazine on bathroom and kitchen design. In her three years with
the Magazine, Charlotte demonstrated her unparalleled organizing
skills and a nose for the news in her feature writing and in her
concept-through-completion work on the "Investigations" and "College
Report" departments. She also ran (and improved) the Magazine's
intern program for College students.
the 1999-2000 crop of interns have graduated. Barbara Blank, AB'00,
will attend the Law School this fall, while Emily Chang, AB'00,
after spending the summer as an intern with the University's Human
Rights program, will move to New York City to find a job in the
publishing industry. Our new interns are Bora Chang, '01, an English
major from New Jersey, and Anne Szustek, '03, of Minneapolis,
who's leaning towards linguistics and political science.
new names will soon join the masthead, with new magnets added
to the refrigerator door.--M.R.Y.