National Geographic : 1961 Dec
KODACHROMESBY NATIONALGEOGRAPHICPHOTOGRAPHERJ. BAYLOR ROBERTS© N.G.S. Director of Photography, James M. Godbold, as the individual who made the greatest con tribution to photography in 1960. Society Experiences Record Growth The audience that enjoyed these prize winning efforts was broader than ever before, and it continues to grow. In 1961 your So ciety welcomed a record 495,000 new mem bers. Each month's issue of the magazine went to a record 2,770,000 homes. Almost one in every ten of these magazines was de livered to a member in a foreign country eloquent evidence of the Society's world-wide scope. An outstanding example of the loyalty and support of our membership abroad is far off New Zealand, where membership re newals for the coming year have reached 99 percent- a figure unparalleled in our history. During the year, two magazine staff men, Howard La Fay and Thomas J. Abercrombie, went on assignment to Easter Island. This tiny dot in the South Pacific is one of the most isolated inhabited places on earth. Only one ship a year calls there, remaining just long enough to unload mail and cargo. Nonetheless, our field men - to their de lighted surprise - were greeted by a National Geographic member. IHe was the island's priest of 25 years' residence, Father Sebastian Englert, renowned scientist and authority on Easter's mysterious past. Father Sebastian proved to be an enthusiastic reader, whose collection of GEOGRAPHICS dates from 1926. His one mild complaint concerned the delivery of his favorite publication-twelve issues, once a year!