Monday, May 3, 2010

Letter To The Editors

Daingerous and Jerry,

Congratulations on your decision to bring back Cycle Guide as CGM! "Informed and thoughtful journalism" is just what the moto-world needs right now, as the print magazines suffer crippling ad-revenue losses and the online universe expands infinitely with hot air and not much else. Being grizzled veterans of what became the best motorcycle magazine of the late '70s and '80s, in my less than objective opinion, you're ideally suited to filling in the gaps of history and knowledge for today's reader-riders. Good luck and godspeed!

Best regards,
Steve Thompson

(A note to "new" Cycle Guide readers about Steve Thompson. He served on the print magazine's staff from the mid 1970s through 1980, and was editorial director from late 1978 to 1980. In 1978 Steve, with the help of Jim Williams, who was art director for Car and Driver magazine at the time, gave Cycle Guide a fresh design, and charted a new course for its editorial direction and philosophy. The reformatted magazine debuted with the November 1978 issue, creating quite a stir throughout the motorcycle industry in the process. Indeed, I was impressed enough to apply for a staff job. A few months later Thompson and editor Paul Dean hired me, and I reported for duty March 1, 1979. I remained as CG's sport editor until the print magazine's demise in June 1987 (Fall 1987 cover issue). Steve went on to publish several novels and write for aviation, motorcycle and automotive magazines. —Dain Gingerelli)

Update: I should clarify a few points about my posting regarding Steve Thompson's stint with the original CG. While he was listed as feature editor in 1976, he was in fact editor for Road Test magazine, an automotive monthly published by CG's owner, George Dougherty, and his partner Bill Quinn. Steve left RT to write for Car and Driver before returning to CG as editorial director, a post he held from late 1978 until the March 1980 issue. He was later listed as director of editorial development, and for a few issues as editor emeritus. That was also a period during which he pursued his book-writing career. Steve subsequently published six novels, with “The Wild Blue,” co-authored by Walt Boyne, becoming a NYT hardback and softbound bestseller. In 1989 his novel “Honor Bound” was made into a movie distributed for European audiences only. Steve's most recent title is the nonfiction “Bodies in Motion: Evolution and Experience in Motorcycling,” published by and currently available from Aerostich. —Dain Gingerelli

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