National Geographic : 1998 Nov
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC nAssignment * NEBRASKA A Cornhusker at Home "I grew up going to these festi vals," says Nebraska native Joel Sartore (above), bellying up to shirtless "Chickendale" dancers at the town of Wayne's annual celebration of local poultry. He may have made a career out of photographing exotic places for the GEOGRAPHIC, but Joel says Nebraska was his favor ite assignment so far. "It was nice, for once, to sleep in my own bed." Joel and his wife, Kathy, wouldn't consider leaving the state they grew up in. "We want our kids to be Nebraskans too," he says. Joel likes the gentle pace of life. "I don't even know if the horn on my car works. It would be considered rude to honk at somebody around here. You know the light is always going to change back to green." * A COMEBACK FOR THE COSSACKS Cossack Costume Party "It wasn't a good look for me," admits Gerd Ludwig (below), who joined in the fun while students were fitted for uniforms at the Royal Cossack Cadet Academy in Novocherkassk, Russia. The Cossacks were almost too helpful. "I went out to photograph them directing traffic one day," he says, "and there they were-in full parade costume. An officer had ordered them to dress up for me! Normally they'd be in fatigues. I shot some film to be polite," Gerd says, "and promised myself I'd come back later." NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC(ISSN 0027-9358)IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLYBY THENATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY,114517THST.N.W., WASHINGTON,D.C.20036-4688. $27.00A YEAR,$5.00 A COPY.PERIODICALSPOSTAGEPAIDAT WASHINGTON,D.C .,AND AT ADDITIONALMAILING OFFICES.POSTMASTER: SENDADDRESSCHANGESTO NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC,P.O.BOX 63002,TAMPA,FLORIDA33663-3002.