National Geographic : 1995 Mar
On Assignment 4 -- ere came this great, friend ly, inquisitive spirit out of the water to greet us," remembers freelance writer DOUG CHADWICK of his encounter with a gray whale off Mexico's west coast during his coverage of the Endan gered Species Act. "Everyone in the boat said I should kiss it, so I did. They made Joel Sartore stop taking pictures and just sit and enjoy the whale and its energy." Reporting on what he describes as the "cultures" of other species is second nature to the Montana-based journalist who maintains a cabin retreat in the shadow of Glacier National Park. His first portrait of a species for GEOGRAPHIC was a 1978 study on mountain goats-a subject he revisits in next month's issue. A biologist by training, Chadwick notes: "I've searched all the great prairies and woodlands of the U. S., and it's very hard to find an eco system healthy enough to support all its native species." For safety, stock cars are made without doors, so senior staff writer CATHY NEWMAN shoehorned herself through the window when she attended Richard Petty's driving school at Charlotte Motor Speed way for her article in this issue. She found the course a mental squeeze too. "I was in a terrible crash in 1974 and broke my back in two places. I couldn't work for six months. Even now I'm a little uncomfortable at the wheel." Cathy, a Florida native who majored in English at Northwestern University, started her career at the MiamiNews, writing wedding announcements. She worked her JOEL SARTORE way up to editor of the "Lifestyle" section. In 1978 she joined the GEO GRAPHIC staff, first writing captions, then articles. She and her husband, retired newspaperman Jim Fain, live in Washington, D. C., with their nine-year-old son, Jeb. "I'm fortu nate," says Cathy. "While I'm away on assignment, three months or so a year, my husband holds down the fort. When Jeb was little, he thought all mothers traveled-and all fathers stayed home." NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (ISSN0027-9358) IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLY BYTHENATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY,1145 17THST. N.W., WASHINGTON, D. C. 20036-4688. $24.00 A YEAR,$2.65 A COPY. SECOND-CLASSPOSTAGEPAID AT WASHINGTON,D. C., AND ELSEWHERE.POSTMASTER: SEND ADDRESSCHANGESTO NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC,P.O. BOX2174, WASHINGTON,D. C. 20013.