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OFFICIAL JOURNAL
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In Memoriam:
Past NRA Publications Executive Director Joe H. Graham
oe H. Graham, NRA Publications'
third executive director, died on
May 31, 2021, at age 78. Graham
joined the NRA Publications Division in
2000, and for the next 14 years, led the
staff into the 21st century. The workload
exploded, and the staff rose to the challenges.
Graham established digital editions
of the " NRA's Official Journals " and
added three others. He launched three
new magazines-including Shooting
Illustrated-three television shows, one
of which, " American Rifleman Television, "
is now in its 19th year, and several
websites and e-newsletters. He directed
an aggressive advertising sales force
that earned record-setting revenues. For
the first time, NRA Publications won
prestigious national publishing awards
for editorial and design excellence,
breaking down liberal, anti-gun bias
with professional, high-quality work.
Graham accomplished all of this during
a time when the publishing industry
was plagued by shrinking circulation
and falling advertising revenue. He left
J
Joe H. Graham started new magazines and
led NRA Publications into the digital age.
a publishing empire the envy of the
shooting and hunting industry.
Graham would always remain a
hunter, a shooter and a country boy at
heart. He played high school football
and basketball in his native Kentucky
before going on to Vanderbilt University,
where he played on the offensive line.
He had an NFL stint with the Minnesota
Vikings before serving in Vietnam in the
U.S. Air Force. In 1973, he went to work
for Pentax as a salesman and eventually
rose to chief operating officer. Graham
retired from Pentax and became
publisher of Petersen's Hunting and
Bowhunter magazines before coming
to NRA. He loved guns and was an avid
collector of both fine guns and custommade
knives.
" Joe was one of the most genuine
people I have ever met. He was a
veteran, an athlete and a family man.
He was a no-holds-barred manager
and did not suffer fools lightly, " said
NRA Publications Executive Director
Doug Hamlin. " He was instinctive and
decisive in his leadership style. I knew I
had big shoes to fill when I joined NRA
Publications more than seven years ago.
Rest in peace, my friend. "
Joe is survived by his wife, Sylvia; his
children, Marilyn, William, Mary Jean
and Luke; and two grandchildren.
NRA Publications Names Mark Keefe Editorial Director
M
ark. A. Keefe, IV, has been
appointed editorial director,
succeeding John Zent, who
held the post from 2004 until April
of this year, retiring after nearly four
decades as an NRA staff editor. Brian
Sheetz will replace Keefe as editor in
chief of American Rifleman.
" NRA Publications has been blessed
with great journalistic talent for a long
time. I am pleased to congratulate
John Zent on his nearly 40-year career
and his recent retirement, " said NRA
Publications Executive Director Doug
Hamlin. " I am also delighted to promote
NRA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Joe M. Allbaugh, Oklahoma; Thomas P. Arvas, New Mexico; Paul D. Babaz, Georgia; Scott L. Bach, New Jersey; William A. Bachenberg, Pennsylvania; Bob Barr, Georgia;
Ronnie G. Barrett, Tennessee; Clel Baudler, Iowa; J. Kenneth Blackwell, Ohio; Matt Blunt, Virginia; Robert K. Brown, Colorado; Dave Butz, Illinois; Dean Cain, California;
J. William Carter, Kentucky; Ted W. Carter, Florida; Patricia A. Clark, Connecticut; Anthony P. Colandro, New Jersey; Allan D. Cors, Florida; Charles L. Cotton, Texas; David G. Coy,
Michigan; Larry E. Craig, Idaho; Todd R. Ellis, Pennsylvania; Richard S. Figueroa, Texas; Edie P. Fleeman, North Carolina; Carol Frampton, South Carolina; Joel Friedman,
Nevada; Sandra S. Froman, Arizona; Mark Geist, Colorado; Marion P. Hammer, Florida; Maria Heil, Pennsylvania; Graham Hill, Virginia; Susan Howard, Texas; Niger Innis,
Nevada; Curtis S. Jenkins, Georgia; Phillip B. Journey, Kansas; David A. Keene, Maryland; Tom King, New York; Herbert A. Lanford, Jr., South Carolina; Willes K. Lee, Virginia;
Carrie Lightfoot, Arizona; Karl A. Malone, Louisiana; Robert E. Mansell, Arizona; R.B. " Rocky " Marshall, Jr., Texas; Carolyn D. Meadows, Georgia; Bill Miller, West Virginia;
Owen Buz Mills, Arizona; Il Ling New, Idaho; Oliver L. North, Virginia; Robert A. Nosler, Oregon; Johnny Nugent, Indiana; Ted Nugent, Texas; James W. Porter II, Alabama;
Jay Printz, Montana; Todd J. Rathner, Arizona; Kim Rhode, California; Mark Robinson, North Carolina; Wayne Anthony Ross, Alaska; Carl T. Rowan, Jr., Washington, D.C.;
Barbara Rumpel, Florida; Don Saba, Arizona; William H. Satterfield, Alabama; Ronald L. Schmeits, New Mexico; Steven C. Schreiner, Colorado; John C. Sigler, Delaware;
Leroy Sisco, Texas; Bart Skelton, New Mexico; Kristy Titus, Oregon; Dwight D. Van Horn, Idaho; Mark E. Vaughan, Oklahoma; Blaine Wade, Tennessee; Linda L. Walker, Ohio;
James L. Wallace, Massachusetts; Howard J. Walter, North Carolina; Allen B. West, Texas; Judi White, Arizona; Donald E. Young, Alaska.
Communications intended for any member of the NRA Board of Directors should be addressed to: (Name of Board member), NRA Office of the Secretary,
11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030; or nrabod@nrahq.org; or (703) 267-1021. Please include your name, contact information and NRA membership
I.D. number, as only communications from NRA members will be forwarded.
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Mark Keefe as John's successor as
editorial director of NRA's Publications
Division. Mark has been with the NRA
for 31 years, with 21 years as the editor
in chief of American Rifleman.
" In his new role, Keefe will
be responsible for the editorial
management and content production
for nine independent editorial brands-
reaching a monthly audience of more
than 20 million viewers, and more than
30 staffers in his charge, " Hamlin said.
Keefe will be directly responsible for
day-to-day editorial operations and
content production for four monthly
magazines and affiliated online
sites covering all facets of shooting
and hunting. Included are industryleading
" Official Journals, " American
Rifleman, American Hunter, America's
1st Freedom and Shooting Illustrated.
He will also oversee " American Rifleman
Television, " along with Shooting
Sports USA, NRAFamily.org, NRA
Hunters Leadership Forum (HLF), and
NRAWomen.com. " Mark is enthusiastic,
passionate about everything firearmsrelated
and uniquely talented to take
this next step in his distinguished
career, " Hamlin said.
Photo by David Hale
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