Stop me if you've heard this one. A guy walks into Room 110 at the Miami Beach Convention Center and says, excuse me, is that a pile of awards for Chesapeake Bay Magazine writers, or are you just glad to see me? . . . You've heard that one? Well, maybe you're thinking of last year, when our writers also won a pile of plaques at the annual Boating Writer's International Awards (11 of them last year, 10 this year). Or the year before. Or the year before. Or the year before.
Is that gloating, that last bit? Yeah, I guess so. Forgive me. It's just that I'm so proud of my people. There's Wendy Mitman Clarke, of course, who won not only first place in the Ethics and Environment category for her splendid April 2007 story on sea turtles in the Bay, called "A Summer Guest," but also a certificate of merit for her Off the Charts columns in 2007. The inimitable Tom Horton won silver in Ethics and Environment for "How To Build an Island," his excellent piece in the May issue on the rebuilding of Poplar Island from dredge spoil. And good ol' John Page Williams earned a certificate of merit in that category, for "Return of the Giant," his compelling October story on the possible comeback of Atlantic sturgeon in the Chesapeake, part of our October "State of Our Bay" package.
The list goes on. Senior editor Jody Argo Schroath won merit certificates in two different categories, one in Boating Destinations, for her August piece about Virginia's Northern Neck, "All Aboard the Historyland Express," and one in Boating Lifestyles, for her wry and engaging treatise on the joys and burdens of owning a wooden Chris-Craft, "Oldies But Woodies" (November). Also scoring a merit certificate in the Lifestyles category was former senior editor John Reistrup, for his terrific ode on a gas engine last March, "The Immortal Atomic Four." Paul Clancy, the Virginia gentleman, earned a merit certificate in Boating Destinations for his September feature on Virginia's Fort Monroe, "The Future of Freedom's Fortress." And Bill Mitman (Wendy's brother, in case you're wondering) did the same in the Boating Adventures category, for the story of his brief adventure on a working tugboat, "To Market, To Market" (July). Finally, some guy named Sayles won third place in the Boating Columns category, for a column that apparently manages at least to be more colorful than it's lithic title, From the Editor. (I really must come up with something better.)
And while I'm at it, congratulations to Northeast Boating Magazine, our sister publication up the coast. Their writers also pulled down 10 BWI awards, including a first place in the Boating Lifestyles category and John Page Williams's second place in the Boat Test category, for his article on the Regulator 26 (which eventually ran in CBM). And to top it all off, my good buddy Tom Richardson, who has truly hit his stride as editor of said sister publication, was this year's winner of the coveted Moulton H. "Monk" Farnham Award for Excellence in Editorial Commentary. Atta boy, Tommy!
So, anyway, a copyeditor walks into a bar and says, "I need a drink. Period."