National Geographic : 1972 Feb
years. I sought out the Gruber Almanack Company's office, expecting to find something resembling a Norman Rockwell illustration, with rolltop desks and employees wearing sleeve garters. Instead, the Almanack command post was the uncluttered glass-topped desk of John R. Hershey, Jr., brisk young regional vice presi dent for a Washington-based brokerage firm. Mr. Hershey said he published the annual, as a sort of hobby, for heirs of J. Gruber, who launched it in 1797. "You are looking at one-fourth of the staff," Mr. Hershey said. "My partner, Frank Leiter, and I handle the business end. Weather fore casts, astronomical tables, phases of the moon, and the like are taken care of by William E. O'Toole III, a mathematics instructor at Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg. The editor, Mrs. C. W. Fisher of Wynnewood, Cradle of champions, Maryland's pastures have nurtured countless blue bloods of the racing world. At Sagamore Farm near Glyndon (above), home of the immortal Native Dancer, a just-born foal tests legs that may one day pound the turf to victory and fame. Such was the reward for Kentucky-bred, Venezuelan-owned 216 Pennsylvania, does the rest. In August she ships everything to the printer." A month later, about 225,000 copies of the Almanack, complete with woodcut illustra tions, advertisements for wallpaper remover and burial insurance, recipes for rhubarb crisp and sweet-potato souffle, go out to news stands in 35 states. From Hagerstown I drove to Cumberland, starting point for the first federally funded highway in the United States. Begun in 1811, this National Road across the Alleghenies later became U. S. Route 40, stretching all the way from Atlantic City to San Francisco. In this northwestern corner I felt that I had left Maryland behind. Signs everywhere pro claimed the businesses they advertised as the "Tri-State" this or the "Tri-State" that. Residents of Cumberland, Oakland, and points in between look upon Pittsburgh as MARTINRODGERS(RIGHT) Cafionero II last spring (right), when he won the Preakness Stakes at Baltimore's Pimlico. Jockey Gustavo Avila rises in triumph as his mount-already winner of 1971's Kentucky Derby-sweeps under the wire to take the second jewel in racing's Triple Crown. His bid for the third, the Belmont Stakes, failed.