Coming Soon to a Mailbox Near You

December 29, 2008 at 2:37 pm 3 comments

PS Cover copy 11I’m told that our Jan-Feb issue has “dropped,” as the printer puts it, meaning that all 127,000 copies or so are in the mail to Alumni Association members as we speak. (We actually have more than 160,000 members, but with some members married to other members, we only mail about 127,000 magazines.)

Our printer is in Strasburg, Va., so the first people to get their copies are typically the readers in northern Virginia, Maryland, and south-central Pennsylvania. We can kinda “watch” the magazine make its way across the country as we start getting e-mails and letters to the editor from Texas and Colorado and California—and typically that’s a week or so after the folks on the East Coast get their copies.

The new issue has four feature stories, some of which we’ve already mentioned:

—Senior editor Ryan Jones’ account of his week spent at Paternoville (the cover story);

—A profile on Doug Moorhead ’56, owner of Presque Isle Wine Cellars in Erie;

—A collection of readers’ tales of how they and their college buddies have kept in touch and held informal reunions over the years; and

—A story on the work of Andrew Bieniawski ’89 and others in helping remove Soviet-era nuclear materials from eastern Europe. As mentioned earlier, we actually sent a writer to Hungary to accompany Bieniawski and his crew. The title of the story is “The Hungary Job” and its subtitle gives you a good idea of what the story is like: “A road trip across the Eastern Bloc with dozens of mustachioed Hungarians, a few jolly Czechs, two Slovenians, four Russians, three gung-ho dudes from the U.S. Department of Energy, one Penn Stater, and enough highly enriched uranium to destroy a city.”

Look for the new issue to arrive soon.

Tina Hay, editor

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