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Editorial: Full Circle
Rounding out with a sixth offering the group of records-plus- texts that comprise our "Discover America" series, we present in this issue "Atlanta: City for the Future." The series began with "A Trip to Washington" in our January 1988 issue. We received so many requests for more features of this sort that we followed up with "Going to California" (January 1990), "The Mississippi River/New Orleans" (January 1991), "The American Cowboy" (January 1992), "A Weekend in Boston" (January 1993), and now, in this issue, "Atlanta: City for the Future."

Why Atlanta? Because of its prominence as the hub, or central city, of the South, and because of its place in history and its promise for the future. Today, its Hartsfield International Airport is the transit point for passengers flying to many parts of the United States. Also, because of the favorable business climate the city offers, a number of large corporations have their headquarters there. Its Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial stands as an important reminder of the city s place in the civil-rights movement. In the past, both before and during the period of the Civil War (1860 65), Atlanta played an important part in the history of this country. Who that has seen the motion-picture version of Margaret Mitchell's best-selling novel Gone with the Wind can forget the portrait it presents of the culture and customs of the Old South or the vivid scenes of the burning of Atlanta by Union troops? As for the future, in 1996 the summer Olympic Games will be held in Atlanta.

In keeping with our regard for authenticity, two members of the Forum staff traveled to Atlanta to gain firsthand experience as tourists there. They returned with the information, atmosphere, and illustrations reflected in this issue s center insert, poster, and cover.

We are, incidentally, pleased to announce that the six "Discover America" journeys that originally appeared in the Forum with accompanying recorded disks will soon be available, all together in a convenient book with cassette, at reasonable cost through most of the centers that distribute the Forum in each country.

The phrase "full circle" applies also to the tenure of the present Editor, which began in February 1975 and ends with this issue, as she moves into what she hopes will be an active, productive retirement. The last 19 years have been a period rich in the progress of English teaching, a progress that has been mirrored in the pages of this journal. In fact, those pages provide an interesting record of the growth of the profession during that time. The Editor s work has been made particularly pleasant by her association with a small, devoted, creative staff, and by the hundreds of readers she has come to know, either in person or through correspondence.

The departure of this Editor is greatly eased by the knowledge that the journal will be in good hands, in terms not only of the staff but of the worldwide contributors whose articles constitute the heart of the magazine. The changing of the guard is timely, and such innovations and modifications as may be introduced will surely be appropriate and progressive, as the Forum continues in the same spirit and purpose of serving the profession that has guided its first 31 years.

Happy teaching!


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