Af­ter 26 years, I’m writ­ing a new chap­ter

Scuba Diving - - Talk - PA­TRI­CIA WUEST joined Scuba Diving in Oc­to­ber 1992, and has served as as­sis­tant, manag­ing and se­nior edi­tor. A diver for more than 25 years, she was named edi­tor-in-chief in 2013. BY PA­TRI­CIA WUEST EDI­TOR-IN-CHIEF

The ti­tle of the sec­ond-to-last chap­ter of E.B. White’s book Char­lotte’s Web is “Last Day.” If you don’t know this beloved chil­dren’s clas­sic, in the fi­nal pages, Char­lotte tells Wil­bur she is dy­ing. White’s charm­ing book be­gins with a lit­tle girl named Fern who saves a farm pig named Wil­bur from be­ing slaugh­tered, who in turn be­friends a barn spi­der named Char­lotte. Char­lotte hap­pens to be a gifted web writer, and along with its themes of death, change and loss of in­no­cence, Char­lotte’s Web is of­ten cited as be­ing about the craft of writ­ing it­self. Well-writ­ten sto­ries have the power to move you, al­ter the tra­jec­tory of your life’s arc, change the world, even. Char­lotte’s Web set me on a path to be­com­ing a writer.

When you read this edi­tor’s let­ter, I will have cel­e­brated my last day at Scuba Diving mag­a­zine; af­ter 26 years, it was time to en­trust the mag­a­zine I love dearly to my won­der­fully gifted staff. Mary Frances Em­mons will write her first let­ter as edi­tor-in-chief in the Jan­uary/fe­bru­ary 2019 is­sue. She has been the mag­a­zine’s deputy edi­tor for fi ve years, and was se­nior edi­tor for a year and a half be­fore that. She’s had a long ca­reer as a jour­nal­ist; she joined the mag­a­zine af­ter spend­ing nearly 20 years at the Or­lando Sen­tinel. I know you will join me in not only con­grat­u­lat­ing Mary Frances, but also in look­ing for­ward to what her lead­er­ship will bring to Scuba Diving.

What will not change is the mag­a­zine’s role in pub­lish­ing pow­er­ful sto­ries and cru­cial in­for­ma­tion, such as the pro­files of our Sea He­roes ( page 13) and Scubalab test re­sults.

I am look­ing for­ward to not only my next chap­ter, but also Scuba Diving’s. Thank you all for sup­port­ing our mag­a­zine.

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