For us at Outer Banks Press, The Edge is all
about our own indulgences. We have chosen to live or vacation on these barrier
islands because they are literally on the edge of the continent - we can't get
any closer to the water without getting right in. And we do get in, year
'round. Our sales director, Greg Bailey, boasts that he usually trades his
lunch break for surfing, and I've heard said that he's sometimes out there in
the line-up, selling ads to hard-to-contact business owners. In fact, just
about each of us is as much a water dog as our staff golden retriever, Odessa.
"The sea is the land's edge
" wrote T. S. Eliot, and this edge has lured
The Edge is about more than geographical
characteristics. It's about taking risks and having fun. As you'll notice, this
issue has our first centerfold; it just seemed the best way to present our
Livin' on the Edge feature "A Toast to Tina." In each issue we try to
share some extremes with you, whether they're in design, writing or
photography. We're here to entertain you, to stir the pot, to make you laugh
and cry, and to let you know what's happening in our little part of the
Over the last five years I've actively recruited only
one staff member. Yes, one. There's been a bit of a Pied Piper quality to
The Edge, for people call, write, send e-mails or stop me on the street
and ask how they can be a part of the magazine. For those who can hear the
music, we try to find a way to include them.
One such individual who sought us out was photographer
Steve Alterman. Within the past year we published a coffee table book of his
photographs, Outer Banks Edge: A Photographic Portfolio, which was
recently awarded "Best Book" by the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation at the
Printing Industries of Virginia Best in Print awards. Steve, it has truly been
an honor to work with you, and I look forward to many more projects.
What's in a name? Plenty, if it accurately defines who
you are and what you do. Happy reading from all of us at Outer Banks Press - we
are The Edge.