Johns Hopkins Magazine -- April 2000
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APRIL 2000
Golden Recollections

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50 Years of
Johns Hopkins Magazine

Timeline compiled by Sue De Pasquale

April: Johns Hopkins Magazine makes its debut, to be published nine times annually. "The end result, we hope," writes founding editor Corbin Gwaltney '43, "will be the performance of a genuine service to the alumni and other friends of Johns Hopkins--and, perhaps, to the cause of free research and education as a whole."

Magazine honored as the college or univerity "Magazine of the Year" with the Robert Sibley Award.

In "Patterns," a 26-page gallery, photographer Robert Mottar turns a perceptive eye to the shapes and shadows of the Homewood campus.

"The Baffling Heart," with photos by Black Star's Werner Wolff, explores the latest technology for treating heart disease.
Magazine wins Sibley #2

Moonshooter takes off: Gwaltney teams up with editors of 13 other college and university magazines to produce a 32-page special report: "American Higher Education, 1958." The first annual supplement is picked up for publication by 152 other institutions in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Circulation: 1.35 million.

Robert Frost and e.e. cummings are among those whose comments and full-page portraits are featured in "A Gallery of Poets."
Gwaltney steps down to pursue Editorial Projects in Education Inc.--an outgrowth of Moonshooter.
Sibley #3

May: Editor Ron Wolk devotes an entire issue to "This ? Generation," an "appraisal" of the Class of '60. "If my generation seems inert, it is not because we not care," writes Edmund G. Shower Jr. '60. "It is because we feel helpless."

May: Rachel Caron's lyrical writings on "The Sea," with photos by Magnum's Erich Hartmann, are the centerpiece of a special issue on man and the environment.

January: Russell Baker '47 opines on the reasons for Congress's "declining prestige," in "Paralysis on the Hill." This is the first issue under the editorship of Anthony Neville.

October: A special report on "The New Radicals" includes a profile of the president of Students for a Democratic Society.
Sibley #5

Nevile transforms the Magazine into a quarterly publication, with each issue devoted to a single topic. Winter issue: "Aspects of Scholarly Life" aims at breathing "warm life into the cold stereotype of the cloistered professor," with essays by faculty legends George Boas, Elmer McCollum, and Franco Rasetti.
Sibley #6

Summer: New editor Robert Armbruster moves away from the "restrictive confines" of the theme approach and back "toward more varied content."

"October 15" captures an unprecendented day of student protests for peace; some 3,000 march from Homewood to a downtown rally.

"Turning on at Hopkins" tells how drug use is widespread among undergrads. However, "most seem to be sticking with marijuana-- and few, if any, are 'dropping out' of society."

The Hopkins Hospital's pioneering role in transsexual surgery gets attention in "He had Become What He Always Knew He Was--a Woman."

Budgetary restrictions reduce the Magazine from five times a year to a quarterly, published by the university's Office of University Publications. Editor: Thomas J. Kleis.

Editor Elise Hancock begins her tenure with a cover story on "The New Genetics," headlined "Who Shall Live? Who Shall be Aborted? Who Shall Reproduce? Who Shall Decide?" The article came on the heels of a 1971 case at Hopkins Hospital, in which a mogoloid infant was left to die when his parents refused to give permission for surgery.

A cover story by Hopkins art historian and architecture critic Phoebe Stanton outlines modern architecture's "broken promise."

Renowned Hopkins scholar Hugh Kenner sits down to a freewheeling Q&A with Hancock. Topics range from Groucho Marx to the life of the mind.

A special theme issue examines the business of humor. Included: alumni profiles of National Lampoon editor P.J. O'Rourke and comic Jeff Altman.
Sibley #7

Hancock launches the Alumni Magazine Consortium to make the Magazine's editorial and design expertise available to other colleges and universities in a cost-effective, collegial way. The AMC since then has assisted almost 20 schools.

In "Diary of a Plimpton," Magazine writer Kevin Bjerregaard (MA '81)--awho hails from Racine, Wisconsin, "where lacrosse might as well be cricket"--goes out for the Hopkins lacrosse team.

An ambitious 44-page, five-part article by Rob Kanigel chronicles "The Making of Hopkins Doctors."

The Magazine wins its third grand award for excellence in periodical writing from CASE, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

Hancock steps down after 14 years to become university editor.

New editor Alan Sea offers up an account of Peabody Ocrchestra's Russian tour, and a 26-page report on the "endangered professional."
Sibley #8

Sea and Medical News's Janet Worthington team up for a joint issue celebrating 100 years of Hopkins medicine.
Sea steps down; Hancock returns.

Alumni Notes disappear. The rationale: Most alumni prefer sending updates to their divisional publications. Readers respond loudly and with dismay--and the Notes are soon restored.

"How to Eschew Weasel Words," offers a chatty but informative manual for good writing. The request for reprints is immediate... and ongoing.

A special issue on aging draws on letters from vintage alumni, and outlines the latest research on memory, nursing, home care, and grandparenthood.

Hancock steps down as editor, hands over the reins to Sue De Pasquale, who had been managing editor.

April's cover story highlights an unusual high-fat diet that's proving miraculous for kids with severe epilepsy, prompting a deluge of inquiries from parents and doctors from around the country; a November profile of Peabody pianist Leon Fleisher captures his return to two-handed playing.

In "Scrutinizing Tenure," Hopkins faculty talk candidly about what they like--and don't like--about the tenure system.

A special report, "Why Is a Hopkins Education So Expensive?" looks closely at why annual tuition tops $22,000.
Sibley #9

February report outlines "The Postdoc's Plight." Magazine earns a grand gold medal from CASE for excellence in reporting on issues in higher education.