National Geographic : 1996 Oct
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC OnAssignment 0 KURIL ISLANDS MICHAELS. YAMASHITA(BC Climbing New Heights "IT'S THE MOST EXCITING THING there is to do in the Kurils," jokes writer Charlie Cobb (above, at left) of rock sitting on Kunashir's basalt cliffs, a favorite attraction in the area. Charlie climbed the towers with scientists from the University of Washington. Accompanied by translator Vasily Mirgorodsky (inset, at left), Charlie had to fight some misgivings about flying on local heli copters-sometimes the only mode of travel available in the Kurils. "One was 20 years old," he says. "I learned later that it had no radar." A former radio correspondent, congressional aide, civil rights organizer, and bookstore owner, Charlie recently turned free lance after 11 years on our editorial staff. He lives with his wife, Ann, and their five-year-old daughter, Zora, in Washington, D.C. E TERRA-COTTA ARMY Sizing Up His Subject "I ALWAYS KNEW he'd turn into one of those," said a GEOGRAPHIC editor on seeing this photo (left) of Lou Mazzatenta. Lou has pho tographed his share of ancient terra-cotta soldiers, including Han emperor Jing Di's "army," which appeared in our August 1992 issue. Lou's rapport with Chinese archaeological authorities enabled him to cover new excavations near Xian. "The Chinese are as warm and wonderful as Italians," says Lou, who retired in 1994 after 32 years on staff. "I still work," he says. "I just don't wear a tie." LI HUBIN NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC (ISSN0027-9358) IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLYBY THENATIONALGEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY,1145 17THST.N.W.,WASHINGTON, D.C.20036-4688.$25.00 A YEAR,$5.00 A COPY. PERIODICALSPOSTAGEPAIDATWASHINGTON, D.C.,ANDELSEWHERE. POSTMASTER: SENDADDRESSCHANGESTONATIONALGEOGRAPHIC, P.O .BOX2174, WASHINGTON, D.C.20013.