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The Saturday Evening Post March/April 2019

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The Saturday Evening Post, America’s oldest magazine, is a bimonthly publication dedicated to celebrating America – past, present and future. The Post delivers an historic perspective on the news that only a publication with its deep roots can provide.

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2 min.
one great sight

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Grand Canyon’s status as a national park. Six million come to see the Grand Canyon each year. I first saw this magnificent sight in my 20s, and I’ve been back many times, always feeling a thrill — a mix of acrophobia and wonder — standing on the rim, leaning out a bit and staring down at the sparkling Colorado River below. Like me, most visitors view it from the top. Few get to experience the Grand Canyon from the depths. So we commissioned travel writer Margie Goldsmith to get down in it on a two-week raft trip on the Colorado River, which snakes, lazily in some spots and ferociously in others, through the Canyon. It was a stunning experience, and readers will share…

2 min.

Margie Goldsmith “Rafting the Colorado” (page 40) in the Grand Canyon was a “life-changer” for Goldsmith, whose work has appeared in Travel + Leisure, Robb Report, and American Way, among others. “Dipping my paddle into giant roiling rapids, hiking to magical grottos with sunken pools, drifting past billion-year-old red cliffs that rose thousands of feet into the sky, and jumping off rocks into the river and swimming the rapids, the experience made me embrace nature in a way I never knew possible.” Charles Pabst “To really understand the majesty and depth of time in the Grand Canyon, one must experience the thrill of rafting the Colorado River,” says the Arizona-based artist Charles Pabst, whose painting Grand Canyon Light appears on our cover. “Once you are on the river, there is no way out.…

6 min.
secrets of the ice

What Glaciers Teach Us The crucial cutting-edge research by scientist Alison Criscitiello (“Secrets of the Ice,” Jan/Feb) must continue regardless of cost, which is nothing compared to the cost of unabated global warming. Bob McGowan Jr., online comment It Goes with Everything In stark contrast to articles in today’s newspapers, which require an industrial-strength antacid as a chaser, “The History of Ketchup” (Backstory, Jan/Feb) is more, well, ketchupy — delicious and complementary to your other great articles. Steven Friedman, Scranton, Pennsylvania Your article mentioned that 97 percent of households have ketchup in the fridge. We must be in the other three percent because we’ve never refrigerated it. Although some brands recommend “for best results, refrigerate after opening,” we’ve been keeping our ketchup in the cupboard for over 50 years without any problems. John Benz, Wautoma, Wisconsin EDITOR’S NOTE:…

9 min.
real books, made of paper

When Jeff Bezos unvei led t he f i r st Kindle in 2007, I ordered it straightaway. As a lifelong fetishist of the book, this didn’t quite feel right. But I withstood a surge of guilt about my small role in the metamorphosis of reading. In truth, the device was the invention of my dreams. The bookstore and the book, two of my favorite things, had merged into one piece of hardware. There was the promise that every volume in existence could be downloaded to the hand in less time than it took to yawn. The device itself was wonky. It came with a keyboard that barely worked and an inelegant joystick that tested manual dexterity. Pages flipped at the wrong moment. The Kindle, however, was magic. I went on…

3 min.

Any conversation about our culture’s embrace of all things dinosaur must, unfortunately, confront the issue of Barney. Yep, that Barney — the confoundingly cheerful Tyrannosaurus rex who starred in the Barney & Friends kids TV series from 1992 to 2009. There’s a little bit of nasty business I need to address up front. It turns out that David Joyner, the actor inside the Barney costume through most of those years, took a sharp career detour following the show’s end. I’m both sad and astonished to report that Barney — er, Joyner — currently runs a tantric sex clinic in California ($350 per session). His old job and his new one have one common denominator, he has said: “Love heals.” Well, no argument there. Barney was undeniably a positive inspiration to a generation…

3 min.
slow learner

Just as we were settling into winter, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported on the dangers awaiting us because of climate change. I read a synopsis of the report, which warned of an increase in cataclysmic storms, the dying off of certain animals, the prevalence of drought, and the risk to agriculture, all of which alarmed me. What the report failed to mention was how sayings I once depended upon are no longer true. April showers no longer bring May flowers. Now the showers come in March and the flowers show up in April, a month early. Not that I’m complaining. I long for the days before climate change, when people respected science regardless of their political or religious affiliation. Despite the early arrival of spring, I long for the days…