By The Way…


• Anyone who has ever hadâ€"or beenâ€"a teenager knows how rough adolescence is. What's true for kids is true for magazines. That REASON survived and flourished is a credit to Marty Zupan, who joined the staff when the magazine was 10 years old and became its editor-in-chief in 1984. Now that REASON has reached adulthoodâ€"it turned 21 in Mayâ€"Marty has moved on to other things. This issue marks her last as editor. We wish her all the best in her new post, as a vice president at the Institute for Humane Studies. And, now that she has had her trial run at raising a teenager, she'll soon get a chance to do it for real. Her daughter, Kate, who grew up with the magazine, turned 10 in February.

• The Electric Kool-Aid Urine Test? The Navy imposed an aggressive drug-testing program not long ago to keep marijuana-crazed personnel away from the big guns. Drug dealers in port cities now report they're selling a lot more hallucinogenics such as LSD to sailors, since these drugs metabolize quickly and don't get noticed by the tests. Think about an 18-year-old Timothy Leary aiming a 16-inch gun at San Francisco.

• Letter-of-the-month claims that Hitler had the A-bomb long before WW II but agreed not to use it. He cut a deal that allowed him to move to the United States. A "stooge" died in the bunker. That, we guess, explains why Curly does not appear with Moe and Larry in the later episodes.

• REASON goes on a month's hiatus after this issue.