From the Founders

Of Cover Stories



Bob Capazzo

In January when Cristin Marandino became editor of GREENWICH Magazine, she hit the jackpot with her very first cover. For the Top Docs issue, she and Art Director Holly Keeperman raided their medicine cabinets for bottles, jars and tubes, took them to a Norwalk studio where they were sprayed white, arranged on glass shelves, and voilá!

A simple, sophisticated, striking cover as appropriately sterile as an operating room.

Coming up with the right face of a magazine is a hugely important part of the editor’s job, which got me thinking about the 250 covers that have graced GREENWICH over the past twenty years.

Among our most memorable was June 1988, a Bob Capazzo portrait of the Bush seniors with Debbie and Russ Reynolds. This was the first time we digitally altered a shot, successfully copying the Vice President’s right eyeball and popping it into the left frame of his glasses where the flash had obliterated the original.

For July 1994, we featured Dick Cryer and his golden retriever on a swing under a tree. Our newsstand distributor told us that dog covers in summertime made people feel hot and itchy, but we took a chance, and it was a sellout.

We soon learned some tricks. For instance, if we want a child on the cover, we often invite two to the shoot in case one gets stricken with shyness or swishes off the set with a “I’m through, now!”

We’ve taken pictures in the rain (July 2007) with the Sawyer family hiking, and in the cold (June 2005) with the Burdicks flying kites in early April. For Antiques Roadshow host Lara Spencer (November 2003), we filled a borrowed red convertible with antiques, in the process upending an old barometer and spilling mercury into the back seat. Raking leaves out of the pond at the Garden Education Center for a cover about kids’ birthday parties (October 2006), our photographer fell in the drink and had to be rescued by his assistant.

Extra effort counts. Take last December’s cover of little Hope McCarthy holding a plate of cookies. Holly and I went to Old Greenwich to choose party dresses at Anna Banana, our model had to go try them on, the Food Mart baked us dozens of festive cookies, Holly bought silk backdrops in Nyack, I rummaged around the house for silver platters, and we moved furniture to turn our conference room into a studio.

But our Indra Nooyi cover in February was a different kind of challenge — we had the shot but almost had no story to go with it. It was 7:30 a.m. the day of the shoot/interview when Associate Editor Cynthia Coulson received the frantic call: Our art director and photographer were already at PepsiCo, but the writer had been in a pileup on the Merritt and couldn’t get there. Deciding she had to “wing it,” Cinnie quickly got dressed, drove from Riverside to Greenwich, picked up her tape recorder and walked into the CEO’s office in Purchase at 8:30. It turned out to be one of the best articles we’ve ever run — the story of a remarkable woman written by a remarkable journalist. Cinnie, incidentally, plans to retire this spring. We’ll miss her sorely.
— Donna Moffly

 

Greenwich Agenda

  • Nigh Season: New Paintings By David Konigsberg

    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM  Public Invited   NIGH...

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    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    GALLERY II Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM Public Invited...

  • Parties at the JCC Center

    2014.09.02
     @ Stamford JCC

    A place to celebrate birthdays and special occasions. Be a guest at your own party! The JCC offers a wonderful space for you and your guests to...

  • Greenwich Harbor Sunset Wine Cruise | Greenwich, CT

    2014.06.05
     @ Delamar Hotel Dock

    The boat "Prudence" departs from the Delamar Hotel Dock on 500 Steamboat Rd. All the wine is sponsored through VALS with food...

  • Laurel House Family Seminar Series

    2014.09.18
     @ Laurel House

    Thursday evenings, September 18, October 2, 16, 30, 6:30-8:00 pm Join us Thursday evenings for this four part Family Seminar Series as...

  • Isaia Fall Trunk Show

    2014.09.19
     @ Richards

  • The Many Faces of Multi Media

    2014.09.20
     @ Meli-Melo of Greenwich

    Dr. Julia Trebing, Director Creative Therapies in Stamford, CT exhibits her paintings at Meli-Melo Creperie & Juice Bar  during Sept...

  • SoulCycle GWCH for Make-A-Wish CT

    2014.09.20
     @ SoulCycle

    Make-A-Wish Connecticut is thrilled to be partnering with SoulCycle's Greenwich location for a charity ride on Saturday, September 20th!...

  • Wall Street Tennis Challenge

    2014.09.20
     @ Greenwich Country Club

    The goal of The Wall Street Tennis Challenge is to support the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation’s efforts while spreading awareness...

  • Nam Cho Trunk Show

    2014.09.20
     @ Richards

  • Arts & Crafts on Bedford

    2014.09.20
     @ Bedford Street

    Shop at over 100 craft and artisan boutiques on Bedford Street, which will be closed to traffic for the weekend. Dine in our extended sidewalk...

  • Puttin’ On The Dog Festival

    2014.09.21
     @ Roger Sherman Baldwin Park

    Puttin’ On The Dog Festival Greenwich, Connecticut the place to be on September 21st for dogs and their owners...

  • Candy Fairies Book Reading

    2014.09.21
     @ Imagine Candy

    SCARSDALE, NY, Imagine Candy brings the acclaimed children's author Helen Perelman, the writer of the wickedly sweet Candy Fairies book...

  • Chizi's Tale Book Launch Party

    2014.09.21
     @ Tudor Investment Campus

    You and your family are invited to join Diane's Books of Greenwich and TUSK USA to celebrate the launch of Chizi's Tale: The True Story...

  • Chizi's Tale Book Launch Party

    2014.09.21
     @ Tudor Investment Campus

    You and your family are invited to join Diane's Books of Greenwich and TUSK USA to celebrate the launch of Chizi's Tale: The True Story...

  • SM&NC Farm Market

    2014.06.15
     @ Stamford Museum & Nature Center

    Sundays, June 15 – October 5, 10am – 2pm We're thrilled to bring back the SM&NC Farm Market — now on Sundays!...

  • "Israel and the U.S."

    2014.09.22
     @ New Canaan Library

    The public is invited to attend a World Affairs Forum Great Decisions event featuring Seth Anziska, Columbia University. Mr. Anziska will speak...

  • Holistic Health Practitioner Kevin W. Reese

    2014.09.24
     @ Meli-Melo

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  • Annual State of the Town Address and Luncheon | Greenwich, CT

    2014.09.25
     @ Milbrook Club

    Greenwich Chamber of Commerce Annual State of the Town Address and Luncheon will be held at Milbrook Club. Registration 11:30am; start at...


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