Had a fine day in Roanoke yesterday. Began at the home office (more homey than official-looking) of Leisure Media 360 (woo-woo!), publishing company that began with the dream of an Asheville Citizen-Times reporter (J. Richard Wells) in 1972. It seems to be doing quite well now, publishing its beautiful glossy Blue Ridge Country and The Roanoker as flagships, and a fleet of other publications, including travel and visitors guides such as our own Lexington guide you can get for free around town.
Editor in Chief Kurt Rheinheimer gave us the history and overview.
Caroline McKean, one of two in the art department, covered the creative challenges of layout and design. That’s her, below, face in sunlight; Kurt brooding in the corner. We also heard from Samantha Hoback, a local gal who graduated from Wake Forest, spend a few years at Houghton-Mifflin in New York and seems delighted (and very busy) being back in her hometown doing what she loves, writing and editing for these magazine.
Then we went to lunch at the airy-bright Nora’s at the Taubman Museum. (Not named for anyone at the restaurant, but for the elegant lady in the painting by John Singer Sargent we saw later in the museum’s collection.) Dan Smith, a raconteur who has helped start (and left) two local business magazines, joined us for lunch. He knows and is beloved of everybody he’s covered in town, so it was not surprising to see him get up and hug a lady at another table in the restaurant: Della Watkins, the museum’s director. Suddenly, we had the third floor board room available after lunch for Dan to give his “How to Start Your Magazine” talk.
His blog post on the day.