In this issue, we celebrate “America the Beautiful.” America is rich in natural scenic wonders. But of all its treasures, America’s greatest resource is its people, and we have tapped some of the best.
Throughout its history, the Post has chronicled America’s progress — from tumultuous and humble beginnings to its rise as the greatest nation on earth. In the words of George Horace Lorimer, renowned editor of the Post from 1899-1936, the Post’s primary mission has been “to interpret America to itself, always readably, but constructively.”
The tradition continues.
We strive to reflect the contemporary scene and address your interests. As Benjamin Franklin said, “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.”
Many of you wrote, urging us to embrace our tradition of illustrated covers. We listened! On our July cover, Oregon artist Eric Bowman captures a scenic California coastline — the first of many illustrated tributes to America.
As always, the Post offers readers a broader perspective on what is truly important in American life — values often overlooked by the mass media’s fascination with passing fads and wayward celebrities.
The Post has been home to the greatest writers of our time — Faulkner, Twain, and Fitzgerald, among others. In this issue, we resurrect our literary legacy by presenting a new short story by John Hemingway, grandson of Ernest, as well as a poetic tribute to America by author Ray Bradbury.
America’s beloved social commentator, Charles Osgood, offers his take on the passing “American Scene” in this and
upcoming issues as a regular columnist.
What would the Post be without a nod to the past? Who can forget their first visit to the fair? Author Derek Nelson revisits the sights, sounds, and smells of the cherished annual event, while exploring how the enduring popularity of state fairs reflects our national character. We also showcase a new department, “Country Gentleman” — once one of the most popular agricultural magazines in the country — where you will find articles on topics from fishing and hiking to gardening and hobbies for those whose hearts are in the country, even if their address isn’t.
Over the past 30 years, the Post built a reputation for its in-depth coverage on prevention and treatments. Our readers turn to us for answers. In this issue, we highlight a new option to hip replacement surgery, as well as a promising treatment for multiple sclerosis using adult stem cells.
We would love to hear from you about our new look and content. After all, the Post is your magazine.