As the new editor-in-chief of REASON, I decided to bring on board some new contributing editors, and I am pleased to announce that a number of good, liberty-minded writers who have written for us over the years have responded affirmatively to my invitation.
—Samuel Blumenfeld is a freelance writer who specializes in educational issues, particularly private schooling and teaching theory. His past contributions to REASON include "Why the Schools Went Public" (Mar. 1979) and "The Victims of 'Dick and Jane'" (Nov. 1982).
—Thomas Hazlett is familiar to REASON readers as an interviewer and investigative reporter extraordinaire (his most recent examples of the two being an interview with George Stigler and an investigation of Houston's nonzoning). Tom started writing for REASON in 1976 and has gone on to obtain a doctorate in economics and to pursue a writing career simultaneously with teaching "the dismal science." He was recently made a contributing editor of Harper's.
—Michael McMenamin is an attorney who does writing on the side, having gotten his start in REASON with "Milk, Money, and Monopoly" (Mar. 1976). He writes for and is a contributing editor of Inquiry, as well.
—Jeff Riggenbach is a nationally syndicated columnist and radio commentator. Jeff's appearances in REASON have ranged from a review of Clockwork Orange (June/July 1972) to "Vroom to Grow" (Jan. 1983).
—Peter Samuel is a Washington-based writer for the Murdoch newspaper chain who has delighted our readers over the last few years with pieces ranging from the arresting vignette ("Dog Days for the Small Entrepreneur," May 1981) to the in-depth probe ("Unload the Subways," May 1982); his most recent contribution begins on page 37 of this issue.
—William Tucker is a New York-based journalist who, with articles like the award-winning "Environmentalism and the Leisure Class" in Harper's (Dec. 1977), has begun to shift the focus of environmental discussion toward an appreciation of the market; his latest contribution to REASON was "Conservation in Deed" in our 15th-anniversary issue (May 1983).
—Walter Williams is another economist-cum-writer, whose nationally syndicated column unrelentingly offers readers the unexpected twist of individualist, free market analysis from a black economist; his most recent REASON contribution begins on page 59 of this issue. We expect that these writers' continuing contributions to REASON will bring you continuing insight and enjoyment.
My travels on behalf of the Reason Foundation took me to the Midwest and Florida recently. In November I addressed the Discussion Club of St. Louis, one of the nation's longest-running free market supper clubs, on the topic "Restoring the Free Enterprise System." While in St. Louis I was interviewed on CBS radio affiliate KMOX on the subject of deregulation, as set forth in the Reason Foundation's book Instead of Regulation. Then it was on to Wichita, where I briefed Chamber of Commerce leaders on current trends toward privatization of local public services and deregulation of urban transit (for a report on Wichita's approach to transit, see page 18).
In December I was one of nine faculty members at a two-day national symposium on private-sector fire protection sponsored by Comprehensive Emergency Management Associates in cooperation with the Department of Management of the University of Central Florida. While on the East Coast I also attended a one-day conference entitled "Antitrust: Market Process and Public Choice Perspectives," hosted by the Center for the Study of Market Processes at George Mason University.
REASON has been honored once again by fellow journalists. Two of 1982's cover stories—Dina Rasor's "Fighting with Failures" (April) and Peter Samuel's "Unload the Subways" (May)—were finalists in the annual Mencken Awards, presented by the Free Press Association. And cartoonist John Trever of the Albuquerque Journal, whose work regularly appears on our Brickbats page, took first place for the best cartoon of 1982 (on protectionism). Two other REASON articles finished in the top 10 in the University of Missouri School of Journalism's annual Business Journalism awards—James Hickel's "Lemon Aid" (March 1983) and "Subverting the First Amendment" by Michael McMenamin and William Gorenc, Jr. (January 1983).