National Geographic : 1998 Feb
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC OnAssignment * REVOLUTIONS IN MAPPING For Bob, Finding His Way Is Child's Play "The first thing I do when I land in a strange place is buy a map," says freelance photographer Bob Sacha. He had one handed to him at a meet of the Chicago Area Orienteering Club. Bob, here contemplating his compass, joined more than 200 enthusiasts gathered for the outdoor compe tition, which combined swiftness of foot with navigational skills over unknown terrain. "I didn't get too lost," he claims, recalling the demanding experience. "I was always reason ably sure I was still in Illinois." "I've been in love with maps since childhood," admits Bob, whose friends recently helped him celebrate his 40th birthday with a series of maps detailing his life. New York State figured prominently: He was born in Buffalo, graduated from Syra cuse University with degrees in both photojournalism and psy chology, and now calls Manhat tan home. "I've gone around the globe," he says, "to photograph the world I dreamed about when I looked at maps as a child." NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC(ISSN0027-9358)ISPUBLISHEDMONTHLYBYTHENATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY,114517THST.N.W.,WASHINGTON,D.C.20036-4688.$27.00A YEAR,$5.00A COPY. PERIODICALSPOSTAGEPAIDATWASHINGTON,D.C.,AND ELSEWHERE.POSTMASTER:SENDADDRESSCHANGESTO NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC,P.O.BOX63002,TAMPA,FLORIDA33663-3002.