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or Release 2084/ ql'"0'12e Urban Survival Manuals Who are the top tennis teachers in never would have been written about if Los Angeles? What is the gay comntu- we hadn't been here," says Editor nity like in Washington, D.C.? Who is Broyles, a onetime writer for the Brit- the best sportswriter in Texas? Is Chi- ish weekly Economist. He may well be cago's drinking water polluted? right. Texas Monthly has boldly at- tacked Dallas banking institutions, All of these questions have some- Houston law firms, airport safety and thing in common. They are asked-and that most sacred of cows, college foot- answered-by a lively gaggle of publi- ball. Texas Monthly has lacked original- cations known as city magazines, a di- ity and punch in its graphics, but it has verse, eclectic and sometimes unruly become an articulate voice for the ris- group of enterprises to crowd under one ing urban consciousness in the third rubric. But most, whatever else they do, most populous state in the Union. aspire to be urban survival manuals, ' Chicago (circ. 140,000) began life guiding their readers toward the nest 24 years ago as Chicago Guide, a su- that city life has to offer while warning permarket giveaway that listed radio them away from its pitfalls and dangers. programs of the city's classical music The genre is by and large prospering: station, WFMT. In 1971, Publisher Ray- while magazines in general lost adver- mond Nordstrand, 43, who came to Chi- tising pages in 1975, city magazines as cago from WFMT (he is still its station a group increased their ads by some manager), decided. to add articles and 1,100 pages over 1974, a gain of more start selling the magazine to the public. than 10%. In fact, four of the five U.S. Since then it has become one of the fat- monthlies with the fastest growing ad- test books in the country. Today, a typ- vertising volume are city magazines.* ical 230-page issue carries more than 100 Most of the successful city maga- pages of advertising. Last year Nord- zines have borrowed-some of them strand dropped the "Guide" from Chi- heavily-from the graphics, format and cagos title. But on the inside, Chicago trendy chic of Nov York (circ. 364,000), is still mostly a gray, though useful, land- the pacesetting weekly first published as scape of listings that includes in a typ- an independent magazine by Clay Felk- ical issue an index guide to 1,000-plus er in 1967. (Felker had been its editor local events, critiques of nearly 80 films, in an earlier and simpler incarnation, as well as WFMT radio and public TV when it was a Sunday supplement of the listings. Chicago runs occasional pieces now defunct New York herald-Tri- of fiction and articles that cover every- bune.) Regular features akin to Felker's thing from the Mafia. to houseplants in "The Underground Gourmet" (budget a style that one reader describes as minded restaurant reviews) and "The "funky, chic lakeside journalism." Passionate Shopper" are staple fare, and - Philadelphia (circ. 122,000) has New York's penchant for parlor-game no peers among city magazines in in- lists ("The Ten Worst Judges," "The 100 vestigative reporting. Among the imag- Greatest Freebies in Town") has been inatively illustrated magazine's bigger widely copied. Unlike New York, which muckraking scoops: the revelation that often ranges afield to cover events of na- a Philadelphia Inquirer reporter was tional interest (last week's cover story blackmailing banks and businesses by was a profile of Jimmy Carter), other threatening to give them bad publicity city magazines-all of them monthlies (the reporter was suspended from the In- --generally confine their efforts to local quirerand eventually convicted), and an stories. Among the best: expose detailing how local politicians ' Texas Monthly (circ. 185,000), had fouled up Philadelphia's Bicenten- based in Austin, is a city magazine that nial celebration by mismanaging funds covers an entire state with an enthusi- (as a result, the city restored to the wel- asm that reflects the youth of Publisher fare fund $500,000 that it had earlier di- Michael Levy, 29, and Editor William verted to the Bicentennial). Philadel- Broyles, 31. Levy, a Wharton School of phia's success is due to the unwavering business graduate who had practically localism of Publisher Ilerbert Lipson, no journalism experience before starting 46, who was a charter member of a Texas Monthly, gave up the idea of con- booster organization, Action Philadel- fining a magazine to Houston or Dallas phia, before taking Philadelphia over because neither city seemed likely to from his father in 1961. "We wouldn't provide a circulation of 100,000-the do a piece on Jerry Ford," he says, minimum he felt he needed to succeed. "unless it turned out he was horn in Instead, three years ago, he started a Philadelphia." magazine that would appeal to urban - Los Angeles (circ. 100,000)., now dwellers anywhere in the state. "We like owned by a medical-book publisher, was to think we're writing about things that once eagerly sought by New York's Felk- "Chicago, Los Angeles. The Washingtonian and er. Los Angeles has developed over the us,. 1 , he is , , a, 1 t r rnto a smooth, narrow-fo- ,pproved For Release 200 ff /~e,b6iA-I I' -b1li4t0003od cus magazine that is deliberq~jgg & occupied with helping its readers to "get the good life together" and, like many of its affluent readers, only mildly con- cerned with Los Angeles politics and problems. -City government is just not a spectator sport here as it is in other cit- ies," explains Editor Geoff Miller, 39, who joined Los Angeles shortly after graduating from U.C.L.A. The sport in, Los Angeles is leisure, and the maga- zine helps its readers play by publish- ing lists of 52 suggested weekend trips (an annual feature), guides to public ten- nis courts and 31 ways to keep the kids busy in August. Miller insists he is not worried about New York look-alike New West, a Felker bi-weekly that begins publication next month in Los Angeles. He takes comfort in the fact that New West is aiming ata slightly younger, less well-off audience. - The Washingtonian (circ. 64,000) is an urbane and witty ten-year- old magazine published by Laughlin Phillips, 50, a liberal, wealthy Washing- tonian who co-founded the magazine after 15 years in the CIA. He and Editor Jack Limpert, 41, a former U.P.I. re- porter and newspaper editor, aim to please a widely scattered metropolitan area audience with wining-and-dining columns, canny pieces on D.C. notables, some press criticism and generally light, glossy cover stories: "Sex, Power and Politics," for instance, or "Adventures in the Loveless World of the Sexually Liberated" (a sellout). The Washingto- nian publishes service features that sometimes cost it dearly. Example: an article advising readers that they could buy furniture at a lower cost directly from North Carolina manufacturers prompted local furniture stores to pull their advertising. One of the criticisms sometimes lev- eled at the Washingtonian and other city magazines is that they serve a narrow segment of the urban population, large- ly ignoring blacks in mostly black Wash- ington, for example, and Chicanos in Los Angeles. City magazines take this course, observes Esquire Columnist Nora Ephron, because they are really glossy shopping guides for the privi- leged. They "have taken food and home furnishings and plant care," she wrote recently, "and surrounded them with just enough political and sociological re- porting to give readers an excuse to buy them." Not every city magazine publisher who takes the field succeeds. Within the last year or two, for example, magazines in Chicago, San Francisco and Detroit have closed their doors. But another halt dozen or so around the U.S. are coming along well. D. The Magazine of Dallas, founded in 1974, has steadily in- creased its circulation, which is now 42,000, and is already: in, the black. Cleveland, which began publication in 1972, now has a circulation of 45,000, and in 1974 had the greatest advertis- ing growth of any U.S. monthly. Approved fff eYease l%lYiT5A'6R'-JI88-01314R000300120005-5 umbing the Real World of Leaks low jdprnalists by the way he slipped a congressional report on the CIA to, City's ashy Village Voice. Henry Kissinger complained that "highly own con dential Middle East negotiations and, having denounced the rimand of e of his closest aides, who had leaked with Kissinger's appr, quick fadin tnk-carries about as much weight as a diplomatic deni New Yoi Times Columnist William Safire (a Kissinger coil the ablest privatk explainer of public policy in Washington. Hi I A recent story in he Times begins: "Henry A. Kissinger ha again in the busine of `exporting revolution.' " The story g with what he profess \s not to want to say publicly. W leaks, much of the officr 1 huffing and puffing about the su been compromised. On t e record of the past few y wash. Too much has been tamped confidential in order to conceal hanky-p y and ineptitude, not secrets. Even the celebr d 47 volumes of the Pentagon papers contained, s a Pentagon of- ficial admitted, "only 27 pages kat gave us rea iel Schorr's case, Village Voice readks must h dentious maunderings and its few careNlly biwd- lot of fel- val, but perhaps gue in Nixon's day atefully regard him as leaks are easy to spot. issinger thus "goes public" ry is that national security has 'r Bickel, a Yale law professor. In his posth' of news are all too inviting, all too easily achieved, an ued and won the Pentagon papers case, which resulted in th m with impunity." This makes newspapers sound uncomfortably ny people are disquieted that editors should have the power to print w Still leaks can damage. The real effe of the Pentagon papers was to reveal the Gov n ent's systematic deception of the public. The eal m- age of the Schorr leak, once the Ho e of R resentatives had voted to keep the r port seer cret. The Kissinger leak warned reign minis- ters that what they say in confi.d ce may later But even if security is not v plated, does not the Government have a right t secrecy, and to private discussion? Indeed it d as as well as the responsibility to keep it priva e. No one can object if an Administration, by discipline and discretion, saves itself f om too many unseemly dis losures. In the poisoned at- mosphere of Viet Nam and Vatergate, men who leaked Are denounced as traitors or hailed as heroes, but in m st instances were neither. A le by a man of conscience, upset by wrongdoing and illing to take the consequences, d erves honoring. But most leaks serve the self-inter st of those who supply them, or me from secondary bu- argument has lost. Where the public and the contro paper had inal fe falls Brest of society as a ;`the weight of the . is that secrecy ft of them, sually Not to publish, when the information adds to the public knowledge, would seem to them even more of an arrogance of power. All in all, it is easier to prove a democracy made sounder by public knowledge than a nation weakened by secrets revealed. Approved For Release 2004/10/28 : CIA-RDP88-01314R000300120005-5 C 9'- o / ?NL..L/ Z---- /_ Q fl "~ ~y E/ .es ~.~1 s HiugTu.vt~9x) Approved For Release 2004/10/28 : CIA-RDP88-01314R000300120005-5