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From Issue #55 November 6, 2014

Editor’s Note

Spinning round and round.

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The cover of issue 55

Detail of General George Washington Resigning His Commission by John Trumbull. Photo by the Architect of the Capitol.

Year Two book needs last-minute help

We’re just a day away from the end of our Kickstarter campaign to fund production of our Year Two anthology, but it sadly looks like we won’t hit our goal. At this writing we’re just over halfway to go, and it seems implausible we can bring in the hundreds of backers we need to make the project feasible.

If you’d like to try to bring us to completion, Kickstarter charges credit cards only if the total amount is reached or exceeded. There’s no risk in pledging, us missing the target, and your money being taken without our abiity to make our book. We were hoping to close out our run as a publication with another beautiful book, but we completely understand if the interest isn’t there among subscribers or other readers to make it happen.

In case we don’t fund and you pledged for a bundle of the Year One book (available now) and the Year Two book, we’ll be in touch about that. We’d love to sell out our remaining stock of books as we move forward into new projects.

In this issue

Chris Krupiarz’s father would ignore any Storm Warning: his job was to fly right into typhoons to help provide data to track their path and impact. That was decades ago, though, and Chris meets the current generation of typhoon chasers, who pilot their aircraft from thousands of miles away to provide information that can save thousands β€” or hundreds of thousands β€” of lives.

The pages lost in her mother’s desk were Brittle Memories that Jessica L.H. Doyle recovered. She knew her mother’s interests, but a few clippings revealed a history that had lain hidden in the desk.

David J. Loehr had what he thought, in high school, was a marvelous idea to bring fresh life into a Continental Congress. He suggested that Killing Washington would shake things up β€” and provide critical thinking skills that would let him and his fellow students understand the dynamics of history rather than the rote parts he’s now long forgotten.

Farmers in the UK Take a Leek, Any Size and enter them in local competitions that still exist in reasonable abundance. Chris Stokel-Walker visits a giant among leek growers, who started his career because of a reporter’s fib and what he figured out was easy money.

Tick, tock

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Glenn Fleishman is the editor and publisher of The Magazine, and contributes reguarly to the Economist, Boing Boing, TidBITS, and Macworld. The father of two, Glenn won two episodes of Jeopardy! in 2012, and he won't let you forget it.

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