Two big things are happening in this issue: We honor retiring editor Tim Gilmer and his legacy, and we officially welcome Ian Ruder to the editor’s seat.
It has been my pleasure to watch Ian grow as a journalist, and I am delighted to see him embrace his new role. I can assure you that as NM’s editor, he will advocate for you in ways both obvious and invisible. Not only will he continue educating legislators about SCI/D at United Spinal’s high-profile Roll on Capitol Hill, he’ll do 300 times as many jobs behind the scenes: reading manuscripts, assigning stories, nurturing writers, shaping copy, mining social media, brainstorming ideas and collaborating with the other editors and designers to craft a magazine that brings you information, resources, peer support and, we hope, meaning.
This is no small job — editorial decisions can deeply affect readers, writers and the larger community. Ian is ready for this. So please join me in welcoming him to his new post. Send him your ideas, your stories, your feedback.
As for Tim, much of this issue serves as a tribute to him and his stellar career. If you’ve been around a while, you may recognize a few of his great pieces of writing; he promises that there are plenty more where those came from, so stay tuned.
Welcome, everyone, to a new era.