Sunday, October 21, 2007
Thomas Bartram - oldest mag editor in world?
I think I may have found the oldest magazine editor in the world: aficionados of The Guinness Book of Records may want to correct me. The person in question is Thomas Bartram who turned 95 this July, editor of a quarterly publication called Grace which he founded in 1960. It's a Christian/natural health periodical, based in Dorset, England, is glossily produced, and well-written, even if what is written varies from kindly-cranky to Reader's Digest-style homily. In the Autumn 2007 issue Mr Bartram tells us that the world of quantum physics "is the world of spiritualism" - attempts to harness the "secret force" of nature to solve global energy problems are on a collision course with the "area of extra-sensory perception". He then goes onto to damn all sorts of "pagan" practices - from reflexology to channelling. If you want to know what does meet with his approval then dip in to the back of the mag for lists of publications he's written: his Bartram's Encylopedia of Herbal Medicine looks most interesting and retails at £13.50. Too see Mr B for yourself click here - a sprightly advert for his health philosophy. Alas, I fear that if he visits Madame Arcati he may keel over and cease to be the world's oldest magazine editor.