Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - (Page 22)

2006 1950 1976 Still going strong GEORGIA Magazine editors look back on 65 years of publishing BY JACKIE KENNEDY J ames O’Donald Mays, the first editor of GEORGIA Magazine, was overjoyed in 1948 when the magazine’s publisher, Georgia Electric Membership Corp. (GEMC), allowed him to buy a $300 camera. The 3-year-old, 8-page newsprint tabloid was known as RURAL Georgia then; its first issue, printed July 1945, was mailed to 32,000 rural homes. Today, 65 years and one name change later, the 40to 60-plus-page magazine is delivered to an average half million (sometimes as many as 800,000) rural and suburban homes, making it the oldest and largest monthly circulation magazine in Georgia, with readership estimated at 1.5 million. Produced by GEMC staffers, the publication was created to inform coop members of electricity usage and industry-related issues. Hired in 1946 as the periodical’s first editor (and sole magazine staffer), Mays recalled how he “trudged the entire state with my Speed Graphic camera to produce articles and photographs for monthly issues.” He edited his last issue of RURAL Georgia in September 1950 and worked as a U.S. diplomat before retiring to England. He died in January 2010 at age 91. In 1951, Walter Harrison, named GEMC manager the same year, became editor of RURAL Georgia. A native of Millen, where the magazine and GEMC offices were headquartered at the time, Harrison led the state trade association, which he helped form to rep- 1950 Average circulation: 37,100 July 1945 RURAL Georgia debuts as a small newspaper tabloid sent to 32,000 members 22 June 1948 James O’Donald Mays becomes first full-time editor; leaves September 1950 for U.S. Department of Defense assignment in Europe June 1948 17 EMCs subscribe to RURAL Georgia July 1951 Walter Harrison named manager of Georgia EMC, where he remains for 24 years September 1951 Walter Harrison named editor of RURAL Georgia www.georgiamagazine.org GEORGIA MAGAZINE http://www.georgiamagazine.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - July 2010

Georgia Magazine - July 2010
Contents
Viewpoint
Mailbox
Picture This?
Georgia News
Calendar
Currents
Special Energy Report
Where the Wild Things Are
Still Going Strong
Reliving History and Exploring Nature
Around Georgia
Georgia@Home
My Georgia
Georgia Gardens
Georgia Cooks
Cookbook of the Month
Snapshot

Georgia Magazine - July 2010

Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Georgia Magazine - July 2010 (Page Cover1)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Georgia Magazine - July 2010 (Page Cover2)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Georgia Magazine - July 2010 (Page 3)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Contents (Page 4)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Viewpoint (Page 5)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Mailbox (Page 6)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Picture This? (Page 7)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Georgia News (Page 8)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Georgia News (Page 9)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Calendar (Page 10)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Calendar (Page 11)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Calendar (Page 12)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Calendar (Page 13)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Currents (Page 14)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Currents (Page 15)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Special Energy Report (Page 16)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Special Energy Report (Page 17)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Where the Wild Things Are (Page 18)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Where the Wild Things Are (Page 19)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Where the Wild Things Are (Page 20)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Where the Wild Things Are (Page 21)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Still Going Strong (Page 22)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Still Going Strong (Page 23)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Still Going Strong (Page 24)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Still Going Strong (Page 25)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Still Going Strong (Page 26)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Still Going Strong (Page 27)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Reliving History and Exploring Nature (Page 28)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Reliving History and Exploring Nature (Page 29)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Reliving History and Exploring Nature (Page 30)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Reliving History and Exploring Nature (Page 31)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Reliving History and Exploring Nature (Page 32)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Reliving History and Exploring Nature (Page 33)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Around Georgia (Page 34)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Around Georgia (Page 35)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Georgia@Home (Page 36)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Georgia@Home (Page 37)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Georgia@Home (Page 38)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Georgia@Home (Page 39)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - My Georgia (Page 40)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - My Georgia (Page 41)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Georgia Gardens (Page 42)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Georgia Gardens (Page 43)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Georgia Cooks (Page 44)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Georgia Cooks (Page 45)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Georgia Cooks (Page 46)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Georgia Cooks (Page 47)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Georgia Cooks (Page 47A)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Georgia Cooks (Page 47B)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Cookbook of the Month (Page 48)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Cookbook of the Month (Page 49)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Snapshot (Page 50)
Georgia Magazine - July 2010 - Snapshot (Page Cover3)
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