photography by Bob Capazzo
The December magazine you’re holding in your hands right now marks my sixtieth issue as editor of Greenwich magazine—a milestone for me, to be sure. But it pales in comparison to the sixty-five years of publication that we are celebrating this month. Although anniversaries are a natural time to reflect on the past, I’m not going to go into Greenwich magazine’s history here (which starts way back in 1947). There are two people far more credentialed for that. Namely, Donna and Jack Moffly. Turn to page 85 to read about the triumphs and trials that the couple has lived through since they merged the Greenwich Review and the Nutmegger and began bringing Greenwich to your mailboxes.
Donna and Jack’s words appear here every month in the form of their Founders’ pages, as well as the features that they often contribute, but this story pushes them a little outside of that box. We asked that they profile one another so we could see them not only as an editor and a publisher but as they see each other—as a wife and a husband. The result is simply wonderful.
But our walk down memory lane doesn’t stop there. In “The Write Stuff” (page 94), our senior writers take you behind the scenes of their jobs profiling the people and places of our town. We think you’ll enjoy getting to know this talented (and funny) group of individuals. And in “65 Things In 65 Years That Have Changed Our Town” (page 75), we look back at some of the amusing, notorious and outlandish events that have helped to shape Greenwich over the past six and a half decades.
For me the last five years have been filled with a ton of memorable moments. Like the time our cover subject showed up in shorts and a T-shirt for our shoot. Thankfully the photographer happened to have a black suit in his car that was (just about) the right size. Or last year, when Hurricane Irene decided to visit the week that we had ten photo shoots scheduled. Even when the winds died down and the waters subsided, it left our hair and makeup folks powering their hair dryers and curling irons with a car battery, and our photographer running on reserve batteries that he charged at a friend’s house. And I’ll never forget a most uncomfortable time when the wife of one of our subjects went on a tirade—in French—during our shoot. Unfortunately for her, our photographer spoke French fluently.
But in the end, what strikes me most about this magazine is the breadth of what we cover while maintaining our mission to focus on our town. What other community magazine could have Scrat, the mischievous squirrel-rat of Ice Age fame, on the cover one month; legendary director Ron Howard another; and PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, one of the most powerful women in corporate America, the next? I’m relatively certain there is no other. And then there are our comprehensive stories that tackle issues such as domestic violence, divorce, teen drinking and Alzheimer’s Disease.
The power and relevance of a magazine comes from its ability to inform and entertain, and we look forward to doing both for many, many more years to come.