We get a lot of thank-yous from readers week to week, so it is about time—and the right occasion, Thanksgiving—to return the compliment. You, our readers, have helped make 1982 a rewarding year for this magazine, not the least because of your abiding interest in our kind of journalism. Whether you are moved to joy or sorrow (or anger), you are quick to tell us about it. And what we read in and between the lines is your unfailing responsiveness to our special voice and the fresh perspective we try to bring to the lives of people around us.
The person whose responsibility it is to set that tone and fix the perspective is our managing editor, Patricia Ryan, whose sense of what makes a PEOPLE story is palpable in every issue of the magazine. In the eight months since she assumed her post, she has enriched PEOPLE in a variety of ways, adding, for example, several new editorial sections: Gallery, a showcase for talented photographers; On the Job, profiles of Americans at work; and Main Street, accounts of small-town heroics and tomfoolery. The magazine has also excerpted three of the fall’s top best-sellers.
What is more to the point is the commitment of Ryan and her staff to excellence and enterprise. In PEOPLE this year, you read the first interview granted to an American publication by the new Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak. You witnessed the aftermath of the Falkland Islands war in the story of one family—another first for a U.S. publication. We brought you close to the lives of six families reunited last month with their Amerasian children; it was a heartwarming tale, with a happy ending, of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary circumstances. And in these pages, too, you read a hard-hitting account of how handguns, in a single 24-hour period, brought tragedy to the families of 62 people.
Incidentally, one small measure of your involvement in our subjects’ lives can be found in the response to our article last spring about bachelor Tom Goldsmith, the father of eight adopted sons and foster father over the years to many times that number of children. After publication of that story, Goldsmith received no fewer than 37 proposals of marriage. (He declined them all.) In another kind of response, a reader donated land for a boys’ ranch that will be home to 300 youngsters.
Another sign of your interest is the attendance at our traveling Photography Exhibit, which has attracted enthusiastic viewers this year in Boston, Washington, D.C., New Orleans, Chicago and Detroit. Next stop for “Pictures of People” is NorthPark Center in Dallas (Jan. 16 through Feb. 6). I hope our friends in Dallas, and those in other cities on the schedule, will accept my invitation to see this striking presentation of PEOPLE people.
Also coming up, on Dec. 20, is our annual year-end double issue, with the editors’ album of the 25 Most Intriguing People of 1982, as well as a fresh look at some of this year’s winners (and losers), a preview of faces to watch in 1983, and a few surprises to boot. We’ll be interested to learn how our choices of the 25 Most Intriguing match yours.
Finally, I want to salute the people who help get PEOPLE into your hands every week—the retailers and wholesalers, as well as the advertisers whose support helps make all this possible. These individuals, and you loyal readers, as well as the staff of this magazine—all of us, in short—represent the vital family of PEOPLE, and that is indeed something for us to be grateful about at Thanksgiving time.