FROM THE EDITOR: Bring in the New!
by Linda Mojer
Well, Happy New Year to you, too! If youre reading the (hard
copy) January/February issue and its not just a dozen or so
black and white copied pages stapled together at the top left corner,
it will be a very good sign. You see, for Christmas, we
decided to give you a brand new magazine.
Oh sure, it looks the same (I swear Im getting a
new picture taken!) but it really is all new. Since the holidays
are traditionally so stress-free for me (like most people, right?),
we first decided to acquire Killshot and incorporate former content
from the publication into RACQUETBALL. That negotiation,
successfully finalized and announced at the U.S. OPEN, opened the door
to a whole new world of cross-platform file transfer issues, frantic
emails and computer-babble that continues to make my head spin. Youll
see a re-design of the PROfile pages in this issue that reflect some
of that new world order as we begin to selectively adopt
some of the neat-o graphics and artwork that jazzed up Killshots
pages in the past. As part of the deal, former Killshot editor Marvin
Quertermous will be authoring pro tour coverage in the coming year as
a regular contributor, and RACQUETBALL will take over newstand
space in selected markets served by major booksellers like Barnes &
Noble. Oh! And RACQUETBALL has now become the official
publication of the pro tours, too! Just a few little extras to make
life more interesting in 1999.
Secondly, I guess I was getting a little too cozy with the folks who
help us produce the magazine in the pre-press stages (helping with
design, scanning photos, generating film, that sort of thing), and
the crew who actually put the ink on paper every eight weeks, so ...
we changed all our production/support services heading into the
holidays. All new people to convince that if Im at work on
Christmas Eve, everyone else should be too! Tell me again about that
nine-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs? I think I finally
got that move down ...
So, were hoping that all this frantic change will result in
more of the type of improvement that youve come to expect in the
pages of RACQUETBALL. Were heading into our tenth year,
counting down the millenium, and making big plans. But be forewarned.
The first person to ask (even jokingly) when RACQUETBALL
is going to start coming out monthly had better be able to duck, and