From: et472@FreeNet.Carleton.CA (Michael Black)
Subject: Re: End of an era.
Date: 25 Dec 2002 19:33:36 GMT
Organization: The National Capital FreeNet
Reply-To: et472@FreeNet.Carleton.CA (Michael Black)
NNTP-Posting-Date: 25 Dec 2002 19:33:36 GMT
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Watson 'Atto Parsec' Name (email@example.com) writes:
> In article ,
> firstname.lastname@example.org mentioned...
>> I read in sci.electronics.design that Winfield Hill
>> wrote (in ) about 'End of an era.', on Tue,
>> 24 Dec 2002:
>> >Don Lancaster wrote...
>> >> http://www.gernsback.com/
>> >| |
>> >| |
>> >| Gernsback Publications, Inc. |
>> >| publisher of Poptronics magazine |
>> >| is no longer in business |
>> >| effective 12/13/2002. |
>> >| |
>> > Yes, very sad. Once they dropped your column Don,
>> > they really didn't have much chance anymore, much
>> > of the reader's freshmeat was gone. :>)
>> It's a pity but not too surprising, IMHO. The whole thing started with
>> the basic enthusiasm and skill of Hugo Gernsback himself. It probably
>> shouldn't have survived him.
> I believe that PE was bought by Gernsback not too long ago, but it
> started out as a Ziff-Davis publication. Ol' Gernsback owned some other
> mag, maybe Radio Electronics. So Hugo had nothing to do with PE, nor
> Electronics World.
I was never sure when Gernsback bought the rights to PE.
Popular Electronics died in 1984. Well, of course by that time
the magazine was under a different name, I think "Computers and
Electronics". A few years later, Gernsback started publishing "Hands-On
Electronics" which came out every two months, along with Radio Electronics.
Did they publish any other magazines? Eventually the magazine went
monthly, and then later they announced that they'd got the rights to PE,
and they'd be renaming the magazine. There was enough of a gap from the
ending of PE that I later wondered if they'd bought the rights at the time
of it's demise, and just took years to make use of it. I'm pretty sure the
name change was in the late eighties or early nineties. When they changed
the name, they did a cosmetic change, making the magazine look more like
the Popular Electronics of old.
Since then, of course Radio Electronics was renamed Electronics Now,
maybe about 1993 or '94, and then 3 years ago it was combined with
the new PE to become Poptronics.
Gernsback has been dead for 35 years, and for a good portion of those
years Radio Electronics was a good magazine. Gernsback himself
wasn't so great at keeping magazines; he went through a few SF
magazines, losing them to someone else. While he did start the
magazine that eventually morphed into Radio Electronics, I've wondered
if he stayed with the magazine, or the publisher just happened to keep
his name. There was a time when I picked up quite a few back issues
of the hobby magazines, from the sixties, but I've rarely seen
copies of Radio Electronics from that period, so unlike PE, Electronics
Illustrated, and Elementary Electronics (or it's predecessors), I've
never had a good picture of Radio Electronics before I started buying
it new at the newsstand in the seventies.
On another front, I took a second look at the Poptronics site,
http://www.poptronics.com and they have a bit, somewhat vague,
about the failure of the magazine, along with comments about how
it will survive in electronic form. The Gernsback site
http://www.gernsback.com has virtually nothing to say
and I could have sworn the Poptronics site didn't have anything
about this when this thread started, which was the first I'd
heard of the failure of the company.