... in 2000, William J. Garry, editor of Bon Appetit magazine, died at age 56. According to Garry's obituaries, he and another editor, reportedly Rochelle Udell of Self magazine, were so underwhelmed by the food at one late-1990s National Magazine Awards ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria that they ordered room service (pizza and shrimp) for themselves and their tablemates.
"A good editor anywhere, especially if he is expected to be creative, has to have freedom to make mistakes." -- Sidney L. James, founding managing editor of Sports Illustrated and longtime Time Inc.'er, in his 1994 memoir "Press Pass."
... in 1892, the wonderfully named Sumner Blossom was born. Blossom served as editor of Popular Science Monthly and then American Magazine. At the latter he introduced a system in which fiction manuscripts were read with the author's name obscured so that famous writers and unknowns would both be judged solely on merit. Blossom died in 1977.
"[L]et's say that of the primary qualifications for entering this profession, you have the most important: a burning urge to be an editor. I consider it the most important qualification because, if you do achieve the position and lack that urge--that love of the work itself--there is no vocation which can be such absolute drudgery." -- Ray Long, editor of Cosmopolitan, in an essay titled "A Letter to a Young Man With an Urge to Edit a Popular Magazine" (1927).
Shana Alexander, onetime editor of McCall's, was the daughter of Milton Ager, composer of "Ain't She Sweet?" and "Happy Days Are Here Again."
Edward T. Thompson, former editor-in-chief of Reader's Digest, is the son of Edward K. Thompson, who was managing editor of Life and founding editor of Smithsonian. The latter's memoir is "A Love Affair with Life and Smithsonian" (University of Missouri Press, 1995).
"Magazines will never seem 'grotesque and feeble' as long as they reflect both their readers' needs and the times in which they are edited." -- Lenore Hershey, editor-in-chief of the Ladies' Jome Journal, in her foreword to the anthology "The Journal of a Century," 1976.
"Tastes and interests change and the changed tastes are reflected in the writings of the new writers; but the tastes and interests of the average magazine editor is a veritable Rock of Prudential, not even yielding to world upheavals and blasts of dynamite." -- Literary critic Burton Rascoe, in his "Smart Set History," introducing "The Smart Set Anthology of World Famous Authors" (1934).