Field and Stream
As we put together this anniversary issue’s cover story, “Modern Classics,” we relied heavily on help from our legendary rifles editor,
David E. Petzal, who first joined the magazine on May 28, 1972.
CK: What’s your earliest memory of FIELD & STREAM?
DEP: I saw my first copy of the magazine in 1953 in Simon’s Sweet Shop in Shrewsbury, N.J. The earliest issue that I bought and still have was August 1956, which was an African hunting special. I was already a Robert Ruark fan, and it was full of him.
CK: As you went back and read through old stories for this issue, what era of the magazine impressed you the most?
DEP: The 1950s, when I was just starting out in the outdoors, and everything was magical. The guys who wrote for the magazine then were all my heroes. They still are.
CK: Got any predictions for the 250th anniversary of FIELD & STREAM?
DEP: I doubt I’ll be working on it.
And paper will have gone the way of dinosaurs by then. Except for books.