Real life stories have always been a source of great entertainment and there have been quite a few successful films that got their start as newspaper and magazine articles.
The just released Dallas Buyers Club is based on a true story first published in the August 9, 1992 Sunday magazine section of the Dallas Morning News. The story "Buying Time" by Bill Minotaglio is about Ron Woodroof who diagnosed in 1985 as HIV positive, tracks down drugs not available in the USA and starts a buyers club to sell them. Mr. Woodroof died only a month after the story was published.
"The future ain't what it used to be." - Yogi Berra
This time of the year there are lots of predictions about what will happen in the next year. But how good would you be at predicting what will happen 100 years from now?
In December 1900 John Elfreth Watkins, Jr. wrote an article for Ladies Home Journal entitled "What May Happen in the Next Hundred Years." Watkins, whose father was a curator of technological collections at the U.S.
Maybe you heard the news that downtown Denver will be the site of a new regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office scheduled to open by September 2014. But what you may not know is that the first branch of the U.S. Patent Agency was founded by Scientific American.
Started in 1845 by Rufus Porter, Scientific American is the oldest continuously published magazine in the U.S. Rufus Porter, an inventor himself, never stayed at any job for very long and in 1846 sold the weekly paper for $800 to Orson Desaix Munn and Alfred Ely.
On May 3rd the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) and the Columbia School of Journalism handed out the National Magazine Awards. The awards know as the Ellies, named after the elephant shaped trophy designed by sculptor Alexander Calder, have been presented each year since 1966. A group of 345 judges selected the finalists and winners and a group of 13 judges selected the top prize - TheMagazine of the Year. This years' top prize went toTime Magazine.
Do you like trivia? Are you a fan of "Jeopardy"? Need to find the answers to such burning questions as - Does hand sanitizer really work? If I touch a baby bird, will its mother abandon it? Then this is the magazine for you.
Started in 2001 by a couple of students at Duke University, Mental Floss presents facts and trivia in a fun and entertaining style. You will find information on science, history, literature, music, popular culture and just about anything else you can think of all in a lighthearted style.
So how did the Occupy Wall Street movement get started? Well I guess we can blame Canada.
Adbusters is a Canadian anti-consumer, anti-capitalist, pro-environment magazine started in 1989 by Kalle Lasn. Mr. Lasn, a former adman and documentary filmmaker, was born in Estonia, moved to Australia as a child and now lives in Vancouver. Adbusters has no paid advertising relying on subscriptions, newsstand sales and donations.
The editors of Time Magazine have made their choice for the 85th Person of the Year - The Protestor.
In Editor Rick Stengel's words the Protestor was chosen - "for capturing and highlighting a global sense of restless promise, for upending governments and conventional wisdom, for combining the oldest of techniques with the newest of technologies to shine a light on human dignity and finally, for steering the planet on a more democratic though dangerous path for the 21st century."
What is the connection between Thanksgiving Day and "Mary Had a Little Lamb"?
Published from 1830 - 1898 by Louis A. Godey, Godey's Lady's Book was one of the most successful women's magazines of the 19th century and a model for women's magazines for decades to come. By 1860 Godey's had a circulation of 150,000 and an estimated readership of one million. The magazine included fiction, poetry, biographical sketches, health tips, crafts, sheet music, house plans and recipes. But it was especially known for its hand colored fashion plates. The Denver Public Library has issues of Godey's from 1831 - 1878.