National Geographic : 1970 Dec
© National Geographic Society Photograph by W.D. Vaughn Sj9 9"9 Plaudits from a poet: Carl Sandburg, left, wrote the inscription while preparing his "Lincoln, Man of Steel and Velvet," for the February 1960 GEOGRAPHIC. Here he is given a photograph of himself addressing a Joint Session of Congress on the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's birth. Of Mr. Vosburgh, Editor-in-Chief Melville Bell Grosvenor, center, said recently: "He is one of the great editors of our time. His insight in developing articles of interest and lasting value has been a prime factor in the Society's gain of 1,300,000 members in little more than three years." were endlessly questioning. We have a staff of researchers second to none. Its veteran chief says, "He's caught us out a hundred times. I don't know how he operates in this respect. It must be a sixth sense." A young staff writer put it this way: "The man can read a hole through a piece of paper." In any event, the GEOGRAPHIC during the Vosburgh years came closer to absolute accuracy than any other publication I know, and I think the Society's growth in members over this period (from 900,000 in 1933 to 842 6,900,000) is in considerable part due to the fact that Ted helped give them a magazine they could not only enjoy, but trust as well. More than once in the last years preceding his retirement, Ted would say to me, "I con sider that my most important obligation to the Society and its magazine at this stage is the training of younger members of the staff to carry on the high standards we have always set for ourselves." How well he suc ceeded will be apparent, I am sure, in the years to come.