Industry Honors Black, Buckley and a Swinging Era of Magazines
"I was not alone," said Black of her experience at Ms., the groundbreaking women's title. "We were young, inexperienced and quite naive" and faced an uphill battle for respect from what she called the 'boys club of magazine publishing.' Black also called the experience of being at a startup one of the 'best experiences in publishing'
Black, who in 1979 was credited as the first female publisher of a weekly magazine at New York, was honored with the Henry Johnson Fisher Award. IDG founder Pat McGovern was last year's recipient.
Tom Wolfe, donning his signature white bespoke suit, introduced Buckley in front of roughly 450 in the Grand Ballroom at the Waldorf Astoria, comparing the conservative movement catalyst to Karl Marx, Sigmund Freud and Charles Darwin;thinkers "with no apparatus behind them [who] changed the world in very large ways."
Newsweek editor and ASME president Mark Whitaker added that having a magazine hall-of-fame without Buckley "would be like a baseball hall-of-fame without Ted Williams."