Industry Honors Black, Buckley and a Swinging Era of Magazines
Hearst magazines president Cathleen Black and National Review founder William F. Buckley Jr. collected Lifetime Achievement awards from the Magazine Publishers of America and American Society of Magazine Editors Wednesday night in New York. And for a couple hours, at least, publishers paused from e-media posturing to reflect on swinging, retro era of magazines, when a woman named Steinem fought for publishing equality and a literary lion named Wolfe defined an era.
"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."
"It might be telling me I have used up a lifetime," Buckley joked of his introduction into the Magazine Editors’ Hall of Fame. Evoking names like Capote and cultural moments like Wolfe’s "Electric Kool-Aide Acid Test," Buckley recounted his first freelance assignment for Esquire (an essay about a ski vacation in Alta, Utah so he could pay for it, he said) and his only rejection;an assignment for BusinessWeek on the media’s coverage of a political convention in the 1970s.
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."
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