Outgoing Editor's Note
Two years seems like a convenient round number for my tenure as editor of THE ECPHORIZER. We started it as an experiment, to see if Mensa had the readers and contributors to support a regular magazine of ideas and humor. The answer is a resounding Yes. Every month our familiar orange cover sends the products of Mensa minds into more and more mailboxes throughout America and seven foreign countries. Now I an happy to retire from monthly management chores and increase my creative contributions (if the staff will take then).
John Cumming, the new editor, has a lot of good ideas for the magazine. A former newspaperman, he did an outstanding job running the San Francisco Mensa Intelligencer for several years. He understands how to work with authors and artists, coaxing their ideas into print. I personally am looking forward to some fascinating reading in the issues ahead.
Incoming Editor's Note
This magazine has clearly passed from the status of "experiment" to that of "institution." Our hope is now that we will inspire other Mensans to launch similar publications, as a way of enlarging Mensa's written forum. It is especially gratifying to me to acknowledge that I come to this post without having had to promise to print everything that George writes.
Now that our foreign subscription rolls have started to expand, we have come to grips with the intricacies of Second Class mailing abroad. The bottom line is a subscription rate of $7.50 (US funds) per year for surface delivery to foreign addresses. Airmail delivery abroad will remain at $20. These prices include envelopes to insure safe passage. Foreign subscriptions forwarded from US addresses, of course, enjoy the domestic rate of $5. Those who paid different amounts will have their subscription lengths adjusted accordingly. Thanks, merci, danke, etc.
On the domestic front, by the way, a number of our charter subscriptions are about to expire, take care to check your mailing label. The end may be near!
George Towner was born in Reno and grew up near Berkeley. As a teenager he began making gangster movies using an old 8mm camera, one of which featured a car being pushed over a cliff off State Highway 1. He has started and sold two successful technology firms, and currently works for Apple Computer, where he is the most senior in age. He lives with his wife in Sunnyvale. They have two daughters and a son.
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