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  • Adrienne Frank 7:52 pm on May 31, 2013 Permalink  

    dance down memory lane 

    MLTrigilioPhoto-In our May issue we wrote about senior Lauren Alexander, who landed a ticket to an inaugural ball in January. Though it was Obama’s second inauguration, it was Lauren’s first ball and thus, a magical night. Freelance photographer and SOC master’s student Merri Lisa Trigilio documented Lauren’s transformation from college student to belle of the ball.

    The article prompted this email from Bruce Taylor, ’75:

    MLTrigilioPhoto-_MG_5533-4The blurb in the May 2013 issue about the student who attended this year’s ball as well as the photo with the “Magic Bus for McGovern” sign brought back memories of that election. Debbie Scopczynski, ’73, Bruce Olin, ’75, Paula Andros, ’75, Debbie’s sister Lynn, and I went to the Youth Ball in January 1973, one of four held for the second Nixon inauguration.  I believe it was held at the Hilton near Dupont Circle (not a safe area after dark in those days) and we all went down in my 1969 Rambler American. President Nixon put in an appearance and none of us had an inkling of Watergate to come.

    Election fever, inauguration festivities, and presidential run-ins are part of the quintessential AU experience. Thanks, Bruce, for sharing your story!

  • Adrienne Frank 4:05 pm on May 28, 2013 Permalink  

    Metrocentered is famous 

    Screen Shot 2013-05-28 at 8.32.18 AMA couple weeks ago, I received an email from Lynn Bowersox, assistant general manager, customer service, communications and marketing, for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority—otherwise known as Metro.

    Turns out Lynn is an alumna (SOC/BA ’85) and occasional guest lecturer in professor Lenny Steinhorn’s public communications class—and she loves “Metrocentered.”

    “We are absolutely delighted with your May issue’s focus on which Metro stops are ‘the center of your world,'” Lynn writes. ” It’s great to see people identify their community by which line they ride or by their home station.”

    Check out Lynn’s post about “Metrocentered” on WMATA’s Facebook page, and share your Metro connections with us for a future issue. (Next stop: Dupont Circle.)

  • Adrienne Frank 3:44 pm on May 16, 2013 Permalink  

    sneak peek 

    D14_032_015Never let it be said that the staff of American are afraid to get their hands dirty.

    We’re hard at work on the July issue, but we wanted to offer a behind the scenes look at one of the photos you’ll see in the next magazine.

    Why, you might ask, are writer Mike Unger and designer Maria Jackson sweeping up mulch? Check out next issue’s “This I Know” for the answer.

  • Adrienne Frank 7:16 pm on May 8, 2013 Permalink  

    farewell, friend 

    photoAfter 15 years at the helm of American magazine, editor in chief Linda McHugh retired her editing pencil last week. Linda published 39 magazines in her time at AU and oversaw the redesign of American last year. She’s a creative force who loves colorful words and beautiful design—so it’s no wonder her plans for retirement include crafting and blogging. Next year, she and her husband Joe will head to their beloved Cape Cod.

    An accomplished milliner, Linda wore many hats as editor. She was our cheerleader, our sounding board, our critical eye, our voice of experience, our comic relief. She will be greatly missed but rest assured, we’ll continue to deliver a top-notch American magazine. Linda trained us well.

  • Adrienne Frank 4:59 pm on May 1, 2013 Permalink  

    sweet on AU 

    “My Favorites” is aptly named, as it’s one of my favorite pages in our newly redesigned magazine.

    Last issue, we asked Justice, Law, and Society professor Ed Maguire to pick his 10 favorite fictional cops. This time, D.C.-based cookie connoisseur Meaghan Mountford, CAS/MFA ’03, selected her 10 favorite cookies.

    cookie2Meaghan has my dream job: she bakes cookies and blogs about it. She’s authored two books, Cookie Sensations and Sugarlicious, and her blog, “The Decorated Cookie,” gets about 140,000 hits a month. (Check it out; her creativity knows no bounds.)

    When I approached Meaghan about offering up her favorites for the May issue, she was just days away from giving birth to her second daughter—and she still met my deadline! She even designed a special AU cookie for us. (Trust me, it tastes as good as it looks.)

    Check out the rest of Meaghan’s sweet treats in the May issue of American.

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