National Geographic : 2010 Jul
• INSIDE GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOS: DREW GURIAN TOP ; MARK THIESSEN, NGM STAFF ON ASSIGNMENT ElectricCompany Twohundred feet above California's Angeles National Forest, photographer Joe McNally (above, at center) stepped from the top of a high-voltage tower onto the skid of a helicopter. He had spent five days commuting by air to cover the construction of the Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project, parts of which can't easily be reached by road. When the work was complete, his pilot wanted to have a little fun. Says McNally: "He shouted, 'You want to do a dipsy doodle?' " Then they took a spin---literally. "It felt like we did two 360s, " he recalls. "It was the best." WATTS SKIP SASS AREEL COSI PROP SIXTYHERTZ AMBI PATEAONE ZEROIN CHEAPENERGY STEREO NERDS POWER ASTI MUY ADAPTER RAIDERS TON PABA SURGE ALIBI CLEVER UTILITYPOLE SONATA LAO ANKA ANTS PEAKDEMAND GEEK HONE RUPEE EDNA SEEN GREEN GeoPuzzle Answers NAT GEO CHANNEL Follow Secretary of State Hillary Clinton around the globe in Inside the State Department, airing July 5 at 9 p.m. on the National Geographic Channel. NG BOOKS A celebration of a hundred of the world's most fascinating people, places, and things, Nat Geo Amazing! is the essential companion to the new National Geographic Channel series of the same name. It will be available in bookstores on June 29 ($19.95). Society Updates On a Roll For the third time in four years, National Geographic has won the "Ellie" (below) for general excellence in a publication with circulation over two million at the American Society of Magazine Editors' National Magazine Awards. The Geographic also took home the photojournalism win for last September's "Shattered Somalia" with photographs by Pascal Maitre. And Garrison Keillor's lively coverage of "Top Ten State Fair Joys, " which ran in the July issue, won top prize in the essays category. Joe McNally and crew go for a spin.