JOHNS Hopkins Magazine, starting its 35th year, has put...

Salmagundi

September 22, 1994

JOHNS Hopkins Magazine, starting its 35th year, has put out a single-subject, 80-page issue that will add some more cubits to the magazine's standing. JHM asked several dozen present or former Hopkins people to wet a finger and hold it up to "the winds of change." Their individual reports neither laud nor lament; they sort of bop you.

For JHM, special effects are nothing new; this is, famously, the university magazine that, by its example, converted the whole genre nationally from dull campus and old-grad news notes (and fund appeals) to lively articles and photography for literate readers. Once, Corbin Gwaltney did a special issue on Hopkins life, in its myriad forms and numerous sites, at 4 p.m. Elise Hancock did one on 36 hours (including a presidential inauguration) at Johns Hopkins. Children have been done, aging -- but a JHM editor still has many special-issue possibilities.

Sue DePasquale, taking over last April, is seventh in the line -- Gwaltney, Ron Wolk, Anthony Neville, Robert Armbruster, Ms. Hancock (who was editor twice, 22 years altogether), Alan Sea and now, at 29, by way of Washington College and Columbia School of Journalism, Ms. DePasquale.

Yearly, the September special issue and four divers-matters issues go out to 100,000 readers worldwide from Whitehead Hall at Homewood. The editor and her three staff writers (Ms. Hancock, semi-retired; Melissa Hendricks, Dale Keiger) wrote 49 Winds of Change interviews, to intersperse among articles (and photos and poems) from Christine Gorman of Time, Caryle Murphy of the Washington Post, Bill Grueskin of the Miami Herald, Mr. Gwaltney, Terence Monmaney of The New Yorker, Stephen Dixon, Wolf Blitzer of CNN, John Barth, Eleanor Wilner, Jeff Lilley of Far East Economic Review, Rosemary Mahoney, Molly Peacock, Randolph Ryan of the Boston Globe.

So, what will it be like, in a world of adaptability to vocational and cultural shock, spreading ungovernability, genetic predispositions and information overload? In a world where only half the people may have meaningful work, toiling twice as long and for three times the pay?

Want of print space? (So, go borrow a copy of Johns Hopkins Magazine.) Lack of space exists now.

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