National Geographic : 1993 Jul
Report from the President Keeping Pace With a Changing World or the January 1992 cover of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC we pictured reproductions of Christopher Columbus's ships sailing toward the horizon. It was a fit ting start for a year that saw the Society embark on a num ber of journeys into uncharted territory. If ever there was a year that tested our abil ity to keep pace with a changing world-and to help our members keep up as well-it was 1992. In those 12 months we revised our world map five times. A map of Ukraine produced by our Cartographic Division (above right) demonstrates the wholesale revision required when that for mer Soviet republic altered 90 percent of its place-names. Such rapid-fire changes only underscore geography's essential place in our lives as citizens of planet Earth. The National Geographic Society's declared mission is to increase and diffuse geographic knowledge-not only to our 9.7 million members in nearly 200 countries but to the untold addi tional millions whose lives we touch. To fulfill our mission, we tell the story of the changing world through publications, tele vision programs, atlases, maps, lectures, and exhibits. We sup port research and exploration in scientific geography. We sponsor classroom programs and teacher training, and we produce educa tional materials designed to create geographic enthusiasm in young sters. One of the most exciting of these products is a new CD-ROM children's world atlas. PRESIDENT GROSVENOR TEACHES A LESSON ON WATER AT OYSTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN WASHINGTON, D. C. MARKTHIESSEN National Geographic,July 1993 '4. Znam' aflika a Pod!'s'ia V sock rya .; KroyoJrae i. oieksandri z 4.D lol ' 4. P*vd BuI 4,NovaOde L crcn Nh5'krl~L;~ _ LLkfld.S'k Karkant'ka Ztoka OsrAv ar k. Krvu Rah Let me share a few highlights of Society activities in 1992: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGA ZINE-YOu hold in your hands the Society's flagship publication, which reaches some 44 million readers every month. In 1992 the magazine was honored with two National Magazine Awards from the American Society of Magazine Editors, for general excellence and for photography. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TELEVI SION-Second only to the BBC, we are the world's largest pro ducer of documentary films. Six of our films won Emmys in 1992, adding to more than 550 TV awards garnered since 1965. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BOOKS Nowhere is our growing interna tional presence more evident than in our Book Division. Foreign edi tions of our books were published in nine languages in 1992-among them Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew, and Thai. At home we produced 15 new or revised books for adults and children.