The Roanoker - September/October 2014 - 86
WHAT WERE WE THINKING?!
Date: May/June 2009
Illustrator: Greg DuBois
Subject: DuBois' careful portraiture
of Roanoke City Manager Darlene
Burcham was instrumental in our
Queen Darlene piece, which was
among the most talked about
pieces in many years, and turned
out to be well-timed to her departure from Roanoke.
Date: September/October 2009
Photographer: Brett Winter Lemon
Subject: Newly elected Roanoke
County Supervisor Ed Elswick
was presented as a cost-cutting
maverick in the cover story by Al
Bedrosian, who would within a
couple of years follow in Elswick's
back-to-basics philosophy toward
election to the board.
86 SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2014
Date: Holiday, 1978
Photographer: Richard Ustinich
Subject: Hey, let's tie the Christmas
Season to our lead story on porn
shops for the cover! Or not. If
the would-be Santa's strange left
bosom isn't enough to turn you
away, consider that the flasher-atthe-ready is Dan Smith, Virginia
Journalism Hall of Famer and longtime contributor to the magazine
in realms that don't involve a
Date: June 1983
Photographer: John Wigmore
Subject: Models Brenda Hayes,
Barry Lewis, Allison Burrows, Lee
Hunsaker and Sheldon Drake no
doubt all still have the "New Wave"
cover framed on their walls.
Carl Hayslett's piece talked about
New Wave "blending relics from
the '40s and '50s with a dash of
Date: September 1991
Photography: (Mug shots)
Subject: Should we really have put
convicted murderers Robert Bailey
and Forest McPherson on the cover?
Well, the consolation is that their
images appeared only on newsstand covers. Subscriber-copy covers
featured a nice scenic in the Virginia mountains, shot by Publisher
Date: May 1995
Illustrator: Tim Brown
Subject: A stretch at best and a
mess at worst, this attempt at mascot re-casting.
Date: December 1996
Photographer: Douglas Miller
Subject: Yes, the Dubious Achievement covers were to be frivolous
and perhaps a little busy, but this
mishmash of bad taste, highlighted
by Paul Holt in drag is a Doobie
winner in its own right.
Date: November/December 2006
Art Director: Janette Saviano
Subject: Janette Saviano brought a
careful and light touch to magazine
design, this mishmash of the year's
goofy events notwithstanding. I
Remember, this is just a sampling of the 60-plus
Roanoker covers that will be on display at the Taubman
Museum of Art from October 21 through November 1.