If you are a regular reader of Marine Fabricator, you have probably noticed that Jim Tarbox’s photo is missing from this page—either that or he has drastically changed his look. Jim hasn’t changed his look, but he has stepped down as editor of this publication, and I’m taking over his duties.
I will be the editor of this publication and the associate editor of Specialty Fabrics Review. I started my career in newspapers. I was an editor and reporter, covering local government, human interest stories and everything in between. Much of what I reported centered on how municipal, county and state budgets and regulations impact business owners and citizen tax payers. I happen to love election years, yet I know that all “politics are local” and these times can harbor worries for any business owner.
After working for newspapers, I detoured into book publishing and worked for several presses. I have edited hundreds of books that fall into many genres, including business, education, parenting, self-help, chronic illness, memoir and spirituality.
I’m still obsessed with books and normally read a book a week. I recently read Eric Larson’s Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, a fascinating book that chronicles the sinking of the ship in May 1915. The Lusitania was one of the biggest and fastest ships in the Cunard Line fleet. The ship, enroute from New York to Liverpool, was torpedoed by a German U-boat and sunk. The tragedy was a contributing factor to United States’ entrance into World War I.
The Lusitania sunk in 18 minutes. Eighteen minutes—can you imagine? A century later, our world still isn’t at peace, but owners of ships and boats of all sizes have access to many tools and conveniences to ensure the safety of passengers and family members.
I am glad to be part of a publication that can bring you news on the latest fabrics, technology, and how-to tips that can sustain and grow your business.
I welcome your suggestions for articles for future issues of Marine Fabricator. Happy reading!