BEHIND THE SCENES
If go! had honorary rangers, reader Oosie Marincowitz would be head ranger. Since 2007, he’s been compiling a list of all the places featured in our sister magazine Weg. Ten years and 156 issues later, Oosie’s Index is an invaluable resource for the edito
We often get queries from readers about stories published in earlier issues. “We’re going to Namibia and we can’t remember which issue had that article about Sossusvlei…” Magazine publishing is sometimes a haphazard business and we should have had an archive going from the beginning, but we didn’t. Luckily, a retired agricultural consultant from Jongensfontein in the Southern Cape has been doing the work for us. For a decade! His Excel spreadsheet was initially for personal use. “I like to travel,” he says. “Even in the beginning, when I only had a stack of 20 or so magazines, I would have a hard time finding a story about a specific destination. So I started a list. I’ve found that the information dates well – it’s mostly just the rates that change.” Oosie has a complete collection of Weg magazines, from the very first issue. He tells us that he stores his magazines in a big cupboard in his garage and he only has two open shelves left. He and his wife Alta’s favourite destinations include the Cederberg, the West Coast and the Richtersveld. Years ago, Oosie kindly made his spreadsheet available to us and we’ve shared it with many other readers, too. It has become an important editorial planning tool and has helped lots of people plan memorable holidays of their own. Although the content in go! is similar to the content in Weg, there have been times when we’ve run different features, or changed the focus of a certain story. Sadly, no archive exists for the stories published in go! – or maybe one does… Have you been working on something like this over the years? Do you know of someone who has? Get in touch – we’d love to hear from you!