Illustration by Doug Davis

As editor, Tim Gilmer knew sometimes a story would break so big that we should respond as quickly as possible — not an easy task for a magazine that plans articles a year in advance. Our staff would pore over story budgets to see if a feature could wait a month or so, or cajole the publisher to give us a few extra pages, and work overtime to get the info to our readers as quickly and thoroughly as possible.

“What I really liked about those times was the sense of excitement and energy we felt because we knew it was important and our community had a place in the larger story,” says Tim. “Like with 9/11. You and I realized it at the same time … what about our community? Where are our people? We realized we have a place here, let’s get it in the magazine.”

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