As mentioned in an earlier post about Newtown, I have had lots of connections to the town over the years. In this story, I go back in time to 1979 when I heard about a creative arts magazine being started in the town that would cover all of Connecticut's Fairfield County.
In the open call for interested writers, photographers, and designers was a Saturday date for a meeting in Newtown when we would all gather for the first time to discuss the new magazine which was called Fair Fields. Arriving in Newtown I found the meeting was in the basement of a real estate company on Main Street. There were around 50 of us gathered, mostly writers, but at least five artists/designers.
One designer I spoke to had been in California for the past few years and I was thinking Cal had to be a whole lot more interesting than the basement we were meeting in!
At the first meeting the editor asked me to come up with ideas for the cover banner. Returning a week later I had some tight renderings of my ideas. He liked them but had an idea of his own which ended up being the chosen design and can be seen on the cover below. I became disillusioned that none of my ideas were picked and at that point in time all of my work was on spec. I was impressed that for the first issue the editor had interviewed Erica Jong at her home in Weston, CT. Her daughter, Molly, is shown in the cover photo. She is a writer, too!
At the same time I was involved with the magazine I had a design product that I was trying to get shelf space in museum gift shops and the editor gave me a 1/4 page ad as payment for my time. He told me if I received orders he'd be interested to know about it and if no one responded to the ad I might want to keep that a secret...
The ad pulled in no orders and I kept it a secret until today (except for telling my close associates at home).
While dropping out of any involvement with the magazine I did pick up copies as they appeared (they were free) and eventually the magazine disappeared in about two year's time. A few years later I ran into one of the staff photographers from the earliest meetings we had and he briefly filled me in on what happened after I left. In a nutshell, he left the magazine a bit after I did. Certainly, a creative arts magazine in Fairfield County was a great idea...keeping it operating year after year turned out to be the largest challenge.
The first issue, not with my design, but sporting Erica Jong and her daughter, Molly Jong-Fast:
Page one of the interview with a photo of Erica at her desk:
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