I've felt a kinship with Time magazine since I was in high school. How long has that been? Well, I'm a member of the first class of baby-boomers.
When I was a journalism major at Michigan State University, one of the first five places I sent my resume to was Time and I got a positive letter back. They offered to talk to me at their New York offices, but I had to pay my way there. I passed and accepted a job offer from the Chicago Tribune.
But, my fascination with and my readership of Time never diminished until the last few years. I still have issues from the 60s, 70s and the 80s and I've occasionally read stories from those issues. I loved their news reporting and their writing back then.
It was good, solid news reporting with big doses of "who, what, when, where, how, why and so what" with lots of color and a twist of opinion.
In the past few years, the magazine seems to have moved away from that and become much more preachy about issues and how people should believe. Opinion seems to supplant good, solid reporting.
Will I renew my subscription when it expires in September? I'm not sure. I might not.
But, I made it to the cover along with more than 1,200 other people. By the way, you'll see my Facebook profile picture inside the "b" of Facebook.