Now Hiring: Associate Editor
This was the headline today on the ACBL web site. I'm planning to retire at the end of March and they're looking for my replacement. Even though I made this decision last fall, it seems strange to see these words. The Bridge Bulletin is the world's largest bridge magazine with a circulation of around 150,000. I admit I'm proud to be a part of it.
When I began working for the magazine, I had to learn new ways of writing. You don't say: "ACBL has over 165,000 members." Instead you say: "ACBL has more than 165,000 members." Over means something else.
You don't say, "He made the hand by finding a squeeze." Instead you say: "He made the contract by finding a squeeze." A hand is something else -- it's 13 cards that you hold when you play.
You don't say: "He made the contract since hearts split 3-3." That's okay, but it's slightly preferred to say: "He made the contract because hearts split 3-3."
Sounds picky, but the Bridge Bulletin has its own way of doing things. Notice that the "t" in "the" wasn't capitalized? We don't say The Bridge Bulletin, but instead say the Bridge Bulletin.
I've been blessed to be the editor of some of the best bridge writers in the world. Eddie Kantar? You could argue he's the best. Larry Cohen? If you pick up the Bridge Bulletin and read nothing else, read his Real Deal column. He puts a lot of care in his craft, and it shows. These are two, but there are others.
I've also taken pleasure in directing It's Your Call and taking it online for subscribers to participate. I enjoy doing the Daily Bulletins at North American Bridge Championships. I will also say that I'm going to enjoy not doing them after March because it means I get to play again.
I've been writing monthly columns about online bridge and youth bridge. These are fun, too.
What now? Besides playing more bridge (poker too), I want to travel. I haven't made a bucket list or anything like that, but going to Kate's native state, Alaska, is a must. I also want to see Australia. What about the good ol' U.S.A.? There's plenty here (besides Alaska) I want to visit or, in some cases, revisit - Canada, too. I plan to do volunteer work. I have some ideas about what areas which I'll share later. Don't worry - I'll stay busy.