Publisher's Letter

updated 05/11/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/11/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Pardon us if we boast a little, but we are feeling awfully proud of ourselves, and with good reason. We just won the Oscar for magazines, the National Magazine Award for General Excellence for a publication with a circulation greater than one million. "PEOPLE magazine is a generous-spirited mirror of the human condition—and a sprightly and skillful combination of vivid and sensitive prose with enterprising and dynamic photojournalism," the judges said, adding, "PEOPLE is a major achievement of editing for mass consumption." The awards, sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors, are given annually to honor editorial excellence and encourage vitality in magazines.

You can bet we are honored and encouraged. We have always believed in this magazine, ever since the first issue came out with Mia Farrow on the cover on Mar. 4, 1974, but we have taken our share of knocks from the journalistic community for concentrating on celebrities. As anyone who reads the magazine knows, two-thirds of the stories in any issue are on noncelebrities, people we write about because they reflect the vivacity and diversity of this country. As Pat Ryan, the managing editor, says, "What is really gratifying about this award is that it means the judges looked past the cover and recognized the quality of the writing, and how substantial many of the stories are."

Congratulations to Ryan and her entire editorial staff.

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