EL&P turns 80: The ’60s and ’70s bring changes, kudos

Part five in the series

By Kathleen Davis, EL&P Associate Editor

May 17, 2002 — Trying to find a symbolic representation of EL&P in the 1960s isn’t easy. What’s the perfect choice? A scathing commentary, a telling ad?

I may not know the perfect choice, but I know my favorite, an article entitled “Forced-Draft-Fan Noise Can Be Controlled.”

I can hear the collective “Why?” echoing as I write. No, it’s not the technical information or the uniqueness of the details or the well-written flow of the piece. It’s the record.

Yes, the record.

Twice in the 1960s EL&P included vinyl recordings inside related articles. This particular record played the difference between a forced-draft fan in not controlled and one that was. It’s a unique piece of EL&P history.

Now the most symbolic piece from the 1970s was an easy choice: a congratulatory letter from President Nixon on our 50th anniversary which stated, “By chronicling the dramatic growth of the electric power industry, Electric Light and Power magazine has made a significant contribution to the development and progress of our society. On the occasion of it’s half-century of publication, I warmly applaud all who have been associated with its success.”

One of Nixon’s pre-Watergate office highlights. Of this, there can be no doubt.

Read more…
Part one, the 1920s
Part two, the 1930s
Part three, the 1940s
Part four, the 1950s

More information on EL&P’s 80th anniversary can be found in May’s commemorative issue at http://www.elp.com.

Kathleen Davis is an Associate Editor for Electric, Light & Power Magazine, a PennWell publication. She can be reached at kathleend@pennwell.com.

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