National Geographic : 1995 Apr
On Assignment C- do get a little anxious now in SCalifornia parking garages," admits Senior Assistant Editor RICK GORE, who inspected this quake-toppled structure at Califor nia State University's Northridge campus while reporting for this issue. Rick arrived after the shock waves of the January 1994 temblor had subsided. "I actually kept hop ing I'd experience at least an after shock in Los Angeles, but I never did," he says. "I was in a small quake once in Indonesia. A big one is different. When I interviewed people who had been through the Northridge quake, the terror was still in their eyes and voices." Rick grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the son of a newspaper editor. "As a boy, the last thing I wanted to be was a journalist," Rick says. "I started at Northwestern University in premed, then I fell in love with my English classes. I guess the need to write runs in my family." A shooting gallery stocked with / automatic weapons and live ammu nition was not photographer KAREN KASMAUSKI'S idea of fun during her Saigon assignment. But she looked down the sights after "shooting" (with her camera) the Cu Chi Tun nels, a former Vietcong stronghold. The army still controls the tunnels- ROGERH. RESSMEYER as a tourist attraction-and charges a dollar a shot for a turn with an AK-47, surplus from the war. "Tar get practice is a big moneymaker," reports Karen. "Visitors can win Vietcong-style scarves or hats." Seeing the country for the first time was very emotional for Karen, whose father served in Saigon in 1972, when she was a teenager. "My dad, Steve Kasmauski, was a chief petty officer, and he ordinarily took pictures wherever he was stationed during his 35 years in the Navy. When I received this assignment and asked to see his old photos of Viet nam, he realized he'd never taken any. He told me, 'I guess I didn't want to remember.' " MARCIASELVA NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC(ISSN0027-9358)ISPUBLISHEDMONTHLYBYTHENATIONALGEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY,114517THST.N.W ., WASHINGTON, D.C. 20036-4688. $24.00 A YEAR,$2 65A COPY. SECOND-CLASSPOSTAGEPAID AT WASHINGTON,D.C.,AND ELSEWHERE.POSTMASTER:SEND ADDRESS CHANGES TO NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC,P.O. BOX 2174,WASHINGTON,D.C. 20013.