Saturday, April 08, 2006

Gift of the Northwind

Northwind's gift to the land has arrived...the package neat, the contents safe:

The very first issues of RFD...
...artifacts from the past...treasures of time.

We eagerly open the box...and see RFD #1: Autumn 1974, price 50 cents...A blast from the past.
This is what we find first:

A Rejection
from The Mother Earth News
June 25, 1974

We here at Mother have agonized, soul-searched and aruged with each other regarding the running of P & S listings for gay people. The outcome of all this was a decision--very much against our personal beliefs--to make it an editorial policy not to run such listings. We consider our message to be the most important aspect of the magazine and--unfortunately--many of our readers are not young, hip, open-minded folks, but are little old ladies in tennis shoes.

Have a happy day,
Nancy Bishop
How far we've much things have changed...and how much they've stayed the same...

Thanks for the memories, Northwind.

1 comment:

Boy Ricky said...

Amazing, that the readers of Moatrher Earth News would be the reason to prevent a nice wee ad from RFD.

I am pleased tpo see how far we have come in some places, but then again, it's still like that in many places out there.