By James H. Schwartz | From Preservation | May/June 2010
Lots of things are changing around here. You'll notice that we replaced the usual mug shot on this page with a picture sent in by subscriber Erin Seaverson. That's her two-year-old daughter, Audrey, leafing through the November/December issue from the comfort of her car seat. It's never too early to get interested in preservation!
You may remember that Richard Moe is about to retire after 17 years as president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. That's a huge change, but after countless preservation battles and more successes than he's willing to acknowledge, he's earned a bit of time off. I sat down with Dick a few weeks ago to discuss his thoughts about the future of the Trust. Check it out.
There's another significant change about to occur here at Preservation. Our executive editor, colleague, and friend, Arnold Berke, has announced his retirement after more than 25 years at the National Trust. Arnold has done just about everything for Preservation and our former publication, Preservation News. He's reported insightful stories, edited scores of manuscripts, conceptualized issues, devised layouts, and guided the staff through numerous production deadlines without once shedding blood. Readers have long appreciated his gifts, but let me share just a few insights about Arnold that may come as surprises.
He's a veritable encyclopedia when it comes to architecture, restoration, preservation—and the lyrics to most Irving Berlin songs. He's an avid walker who treks up and down the streets of Washington in search of urban history, even faded signs that reveal remnants of shuttered businesses. He's a bring-a-sandwich-to-the-office kind of guy who'd rather pore over The New York Times than wait for a table at an overcrowded downtown restaurant. And he's an unabashed lover of Italy and all things Italian.
The bad news is that Arnold will no longer be in his office early every weekday. The good news is that he'll still be part of the Preservation family: Starting later this year, Arnold will enliven the pages of the magazine as our Senior Contributing Editor. I can't wait to read the stories and columns he's promised us—and I'll try not to look jealous when he tells me about his travels.
Change is bracing. Change is energizing. Change reminds us that life is full of terrific surprises.
Bring it on.
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