Friday, February 07, 2003

February 7 2003
Will it fly? I’m talking about the proposed Travel Issue cover (see Feb. 6). Here’s the highlights of comments so far:

“To my eye, the magazine name gets scrunched between the ‘Special’ and ‘Western Travel.’ I'd make ‘True West’ stand out a bit more. Other than that, I give it a 7 because it's got a beat and you can dance to it.’
—Mark B.

“Minus the jackalope, the cover is great. I understand the use of the little critter, but it detracts from an otherwise very catchy front. Again, keep the title clear...his horn is bleeding into the lettering.”

“Cover has great appeal! I love the giant jackalope looming up in the distance as big as the rock formations.”
—J. Rae

“The special travel issue cover you show on the web page (to me) is the weakest cover since the purchase of TW.”
—Allen F.

“3 points nothing but net, this is a fun look...”
—Dawn S.

“It's a rare person who wants to hear what he doesn't want to hear.”
—Dick Cavett

Paul Harvey, Jr. showed up in our offices yesterday. He, his wife, his engineer and the engineer’s wife were on their way to play golf at Rancho Manana and came lumbering into the mail room around 9:30. I saw them and just assumed they were coming in to see Ted, but Ted came up to me and said, “You’re not going to believe this, but that’s Paul Harvey, Jr.” I took them into my office and Paul raved and raved about the magazine. His father has a house in Carefree and one at the Biltmore. Paul, Jr. writes and produces “The Rest of The Story.”

Had a speech at a new dental clinic (don’t ask) at 6:30. It was the hardest venue I have done in a long time. Party was in the patio of an office complex, with a fountain in the center (making loud splashing noises, of course), and then tables set up around the perimeter. A buffet line took up one wall and drink tubs the other. There was no way to command the room, because there was no room, and the event was a glorified cocktail party. When it was time to “tell fascinating stories of the Old West” I was talking to myself. Excruciating. Beat myself up pretty good on the way home.

“And know....the REST of the story.”
—Paul Harvey

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