After 26 years, I’m writing a new chapter
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.