National Geographic : 1990 Jun
On Assignment the place, and she left with a new pair of cowboy boots, a taste for barbecued-chicken enchiladas, and warm feelings for a city with a heart as big as all Texas. Bob's career at the magazine began 16 years ago, after gradua tion from American University and a short run as a shopping mall Santa Claus. Hired as an intern in Legends, he was promoted to issue editor 18 months later. The father of a five-year-old, Bob was charmed by Dominica's children, who rush off to school each day in crisp, clean uniforms. "Even the mother who sells mangoes in the street makes sure her child looks great." Staff photographer BRUCE DALE, whose pictures accompany Bob's text, was similarly capti vated-and literally so by two youngsters who sneaked a peek through his camera (below). When his wife, Joyce, who visited the island with him, learned that textbooks were in short supply \and years out of date, she rounded up and sent 7,000 used math, sci ence, and reading textbooks from the Arlington, Virginia, school NI system. And more are on the way. VICTORR. BOSWELL.JR.. NGS (LEFT)JOYCEDALE in which a juggler spins dozens of plates on poles, then runs from pole to pole trying to keep everything in the air? Editors BETSY MOIZE and BOB BOOTH, here checking page proofs for the cover story on Austin, replayed that performance in help ing to produce this month's issue. Betsy, author of the Austin story, put the finishing touches on her text, then switched to her role as Legends Editor to oversee picture captions in the issue. Likewise, Bob, whose coverage of Dominica begins on page 100, did double duty as the issue editor for Betsy's story and the green ways article. An issue editor shep herds a story through production, balancing the interests of author, researcher, and others. For Betsy, a 31-year veteran of the Geographic and Legends Edi tor since 1986, the Austin assign ment meant returning to a city she hadn't visited for 37 years. "I'd lived in Dallas as a young girl but had never been to Austin except on a high school trip," she says. This time she stayed to savor NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC(ISSN 0027-9358) IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLYBYTHE NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY,17TH ANDM STS. N.W., WASHINGTON,D. C. 20036. $21.00 A YEAR,$2.65 A COPY. SECOND-CLASSPOSTAGEPAID AT WASHINGTON,D. C ., ANDELSEWHERE.POSTMASTER:SEND ADDRESSCHANGESTO NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC,P.O. BOX 2174, WASHINGTON,D. C . 20013.