Magazine article Sunset

The Changing of the Guard

Magazine article Sunset

The Changing of the Guard

Article excerpt

WITH THIS ISSUE SUNSET SAYS farewell to a great editor and greets a great new one. Bill Marken worked for Sunset for 32 years and served as its editor for 14. Now Bill is leaving the magazine to consult on new ventures for Sunset Publishing Corporation.

Fresh out of UC Berkeley, Bill spent his first year working in our test gardens. When at last he was invited to become a garden writer, he had to take a crash course in typing. He learned fast. And well. He graduated from a battered Underwood to a turbocharged Macintosh. And from being one of the magazine's best-ever garden writers to becoming its managing editor and, in 1982, its editor.

Bill's editorial trademarks were a steady intelligence and a constant concern that readers get the most useful Sunset possible. There was also a certain inscrutability. "He has the face of the sphinx," food editor Jerry Di Vecchio says. Scratch the sphinx, though, and you discover someone passionate about conservation (Bill is completing his second term as president of the League to Save Lake Tahoe), music (he savors Nirvana and Willie Nelson), and noontime basketball.

"Bill doesn't look or play like his hero Michael Jordan," says a frequent teammate, senior writer Peter Whiteley. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.