Magazine article Sunset

Handing the Reins to a New Editor

Magazine article Sunset

Handing the Reins to a New Editor

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* After a century of publishing stories about the new and old West, it's little wonder that Sunset has traditions and stories of its own. Like giving cowboy boots to a new editor.

Why boots? Well, being editor is no ordinary occupation. It doesn't come with a uniform, a beeper, or fancy initials after your name. The qualifications are quirky: a sense of balance demonstrated by wearing a pencil behind your ear, a talent for weaving tapestries with words and photos, the agility to walk in the footsteps of pioneers or to break trails in uncharted territory. Boots are helpful. And appropriately symbolic of someone who rides tall in the saddle.

Starting next month, Katie Tamony will be wearing her new boots, a gift from the Sunset staff. If Sunset elected its editor, Katie would have won by ballot of any sort, chad or not. She has helped steer the magazine and a half-dozen other Sunset publications since 1994. Together, she and I have 29 years of experience here, and we're fortunate to have worked under some of the very best editors.

Going forward, our goal is simply to keep making Sunset better-more engaging, more useful, more relevant-for the most loyal readers any magazine could want. …

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