Thanks for all of your support concerning the captain's chair at FSM. When
Bob Hayden left three years ago, I applied for the job then. Bob cautioned
me that if I got the job, I would dread it, and I think he is right.
No, the "editor" crown belongs to someone who can withstand endless
strategic planning meetings, budget woes, staffing changes, and all around
office politics. Terry has done a great job of that, while still managing to
improve the magazine and its circulation (and that, my friends, is the name
of the game).
What most readers don't see is that Kalmbach Publishing is a pretty big
outfit, with 300+ employees, obviously not all engaged with making FSM.
Perhaps to some, a model magazine seems to be something cooked up in
somebody's ba***t, but I can assure you that is not the case. The
editorship is more for a long-range thinker, a team leader, and a personnel
manager. While I may have some of these attributes, I don't have them (or
want to have them) in sufficient quantities to take on the job as editor.
(Besides, would you guys want to see nothing but 1/72 U.S. military aircraft
I'm better off staying as senior editor, where I serve as a sage and as a
generator of staff projects. I have plenty of influence on the magazine
sitting in this chair. I also don't have ulcers. I intend to keep it that
But thanks for your hopes and concerns.