From the Editor Suzanne Boyd

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AS WE CON­TINUE to mark Canada’s 150th with cu­rated com­mem­o­ra­tive con­tent in this is­sue and those for the re­main­der of 2017 and, while our spe­cial cel­e­bra­tory is­sue re­mains avail­able on news­stands un­til the year’s end, we pause to ac­knowl­edge an oc­ca­sion just as mo­men­tous – at least to us – as Zoomer be­gins its 10th an­niver­sary year.

You may or may not re­call our firstever cover, but I will never for­get the shiver of grat­i­tude and re­lief I felt when, af­ter weeks of try­ing through his man­age­ment for con­fir­ma­tion as our dead­line loomed, I re­ceived the call from Bryan Adams let­ting me know that Wayne Gret­zky had agreed to be pho­tographed by him for it. Gret­zky was our first choice, not sim­ply be­cause of his iconic sta­tus as a na­tional trea­sure but be­cause he rep­re­sented an in­creas­ing as­pect of boom­ing or, if I may, zoom­ing – rein­vent­ing him­self as a busi­ness­man and life­style brand while liv­ing the sand­wich gen­er­a­tion life with a fa­ther who was sol­dier­ing on with the af­ter-ef­fects of a stroke – go, Walter! – while rais­ing his then mostly teenaged brood with his long-time wife, Janet. The is­sue was mostly well re­ceived ex­cept for the hue and cry over one story, “Take Your Po­si­tion” that rec­om­mended – in de­scrip­tive de­tail – sex po­si­tions crafted to ac­com­mo­date the var­i­ous phys­i­cal lim­i­ta­tions from ten­nis el­bow to bum backs and knees that can come with age. The story lives on in in­famy on­line in case you’d like the info – for a friend, of course.

Eighty-two cov­ers and count­less sto­ries later, our mis­sion to pro­mote a pos­i­tive vi­sion of ag­ing re­mains the same: to guide you through this ever-chang­ing, ever-fas­ci­nat­ing, some­times heart­break­ing but ul­ti­mately re­ward­ing stage of life. Ag­ing is what you make of it, how you re­spond to it, how to re­group through it and how to learn to love it for the long haul. We are aim­ing for longevity, too. The econ­omy was in re­ces­sion, and the dis­rup­tion in the me­dia in­dus­try was just be­gin­ning to hit print hard when we launched those 10 years ago but, with your sup­port, we sur­vived and are thriving. We will be thank­ing you though­out this, our 10th an­niver­sary year, with more of the con­tent, more of the con­tests and more of the Zoomer phi­los­o­phy you’ve comeme toto knowknow and love. Stay tuned!ed!

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