The Rise and Fall of Roadside Magazine


Mr. Garbin:

I'm Director of Career Development at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY and am always looking for new places for my students who are interested in magazine publishing--writing, editing, and photography--to gain internship experience. One of our alums is George Ball, Jr., so you can see that Bard students might be a good fit for your publication.

Could you let me know if summer and January field period internships are possible and, if so, how my students might go about applying for them?

Thank you for your time.


Maureen Forrestal

From: Randy Garbin <>
Date: Tue, 12 Mar 2002 20:26:23 -0500
To: Maureen Forrestal
Subject: Re: Internships

Dear Ms. Forrestal,

I'm assuming that you sent me this email based on my history with Roadside Magazine and the fact that it was ultimately purchased by Mr. Ball (who, incidentally, never actually graduated from your otherwise esteemed college). Unfortunately, it was also Mr. Ball who's bumbling stewardship led to its demise, causing the outrage and disgust of not just myself and those who worked with me, but the thousands of paid subscribers he has yet to refund. And believe me, I frame these remarks with the utmost of diplomacy.

I know full well that you're probably unaware of any of this, and can be forgiven for a seriously misdirected sales pitch that invokes Mr. Ball's name. Still, you wouldn't believe how hard you made me and my associate Teri Dunn (who did graduate from Bard) laugh.

That said, I'm sorry to say that at this time, we're not really prepared to accept interns as much as we'd like to have them. Our operation, rebuilding as it is from the mess left behind by Mr. Ball, can't yet support and foster a truly worth-while experience for your students. Hopefully, that will soon change. Until then, good luck with your search.

Randy Garbin
Publisher, RoadAge Media

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