Aside from the story of Hannibal and his troops crossing the Alps with elephants, this great pachyderm is rarely associated with heights. Well, we here at Entertainment Weekly are proud to say we have been to the top and we were met there by an elephant: a nine-inch-high, bronze Alexander Calder stabile known as Ellie. Last week EW received an Ellie-which is given to winners of the annual National Magazine Awards-for General Excellence, the industry’s highest honor. ”This is our Oscar, Emmy, and Grammy all wrapped up in one,” says managing editor James Seymore. ”It’s wonderful for the editorial staff to be recognized for all its hard work this past year.” During the awards luncheon at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria hotel, the American Society of Magazine Editors praised EW with these words: ”From movies to computer software, with the inclusion of serious literature and interesting celebrity interviews, Entertainment Weekly’s design and rating system are clear, consistent, and witty. And its voice is a memorable blend of attitude and authority.” This, our first Ellie, comes with our fifth National Magazine Awards nomination (we have also received three design nods and one for single-topic issue) and after only our fifth year of publication. In fact, 1995 is shaping up to be an annus mirabilis for us, what with the Ellie, the successes of our special Academy Awards preview and Fifth Anniversary commemorative issues, the launch of our America Online edition, and record growth that should make us one of the 25 biggest magazines in the country by the end of the year. It seems a good occasion to look back at the 1994 covers that brought us such success, and for those wondering where we can go from here, we can only say, stick around. After all, as Hannibal discovered during his arduous trek, you can never have too many elephants.
Michael J. Klingensmith, Publisher