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Why I Don't Read Magazines Much Anymore
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Why I Don\'t Read Magazines Much Anymore

I don't read magazines as much as I use to. I would like to read more magazines--if I could read them..

I subscribe and quickly dump magazines all the time.

In fact, I plan on never subscribing to another magazine again—except perhaps Astronomy, the one I can still read.

All this when magazines for seniors are very inexpensive and the publishers are always hounding us to subscribe or re-subscribe.

I was once a magazine editor. That was after I retired from industry. I know a little about the business. I know that paper is expensive and that content must be paid for by advertising. Cramming as much content into as little space as possible is a fact of life.

So, why don’t they stop bugging us old folks.

Don’t they know we can’t read it?

Now, I’m not blind.

I don’t have glass lenses a quarter inch thick.

The Wall Street Journal is always trying to get me to "come back." They say I was a valued customer. They call me on the telephone.

I tell them I can’t read the small print and that reading it turns my hands black, but they keep sending me invitations. Lot’s of nice stuff in that journal, too.

I would love to be able to read the Wall Street Journal, Time and the one I just started, remembering the old Saturday Evening Post, which I can’t read.

And I started Entrepreneur up again, thinking of the old version, but I have one heck of a time reading it.

The object of most editors seems to be to find a font that is impossible for an old man like me to read.

On the Internet, I can zoom in to 150 percent and get by fine.

With a magazine, I have to zoom around the house looking for that blasted magnifying glass.

I think I last saw it in 1987.

There is nothing like trying to read one of my "only" $10.00 a year subscriptions without a 150 watt lamp.

Reader’s Digest knows we old folks have a hard time reading the regular edition so they print a large print version. But I don’t need letters one quarter of an inch high. Can’t some one squeeze in a little 10 point print?

A lot of financial magazines ask me to come back.

I’m sorry, Mr. Forbes but I will be retired 20 years in April of 2014 and I have to save what money I have left.

I plan on going to Australia while I can still see birds and other critters through binoculars!

Street Talk

Very funny and I enjoyed reading this article, John! 1987, LOL!

  about 6 years ago

Thank you, Eugene! J

  about 6 years ago
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