How Do They Do It?


   Our journal, the news, over our six year life span, has gone from a two-page photo copied sheet to the ridculously out of hand journal you’re looking at now. This is the story of how it happens.

   The contents of each issue is written and drawn by volunteers from all realms: science, government, passengers, boatmen and the Board. The compilation of each issue begins in our little office, where much of the input arrives on computer disks or by modem. It is fed in to the big MacIntosh (thanks yet again to the Grand Canyon Conservation Fund) and formatted into a PageMaker document. This has gotten easier over the years as the technology gets fancier, but Brad’s eyes still get round and blurry before it’s finished. The Board does its best to proofread and edit it, although we never seem to get to press without some pretty good bloopers. (dates seem to be our nemesis lately)

   The IBM computer, with help from Jeri, keeps track of our expanding membership and produces the mailing labels. Current circulation is 2000.

   Once all the text is edited, it goes on to a 31/2”disk and goes up the hill to Northland Graphics, where Lulu (who printed our color Georgie picture) and her crew including Joan (who designed our logo) and Paul (who is leaving just after we got him trained) scan our graphics and photos into their mega-MacIntosh. These are then manipulated on a computer screen into the news, and large, high resolution, press-ready, two-page negatives are produced. The amazing thing here is that there is never a life-size paste-up of the journal- no “hard copy.”

   Next, the negatives go down the hill to Aspen Printing where Greg, Lowell and Jeff, all boaters themselves, create the press plates in two colors. They print the news on their big Czechoslovakian press, then fold, staple and crop it.

   Lastly it goes out to Lou and Emmy at Peaks View Bulk Mailing where their handicapped crew labels and bundles it for mailing.

   From the time it leaves our office until it’s in the mail can be as short as four days if nothing goes awry. (Last issue something went awry and most of you got it well after some of the meeting dates announced within had passed. C’st la vie) We do try.