Yesterday’s Magazette Is Still Alive?

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Edgar Barryton, The Cranky Curmudgeon, here to tell you about this old fart and his “dream” of keeping his little-known and little-read retro magazine going.

The guy’s name is E. P. Ned Burke and he and his magazine, Yesterday’s Magazette, have been around before Nixon got booted out of the White House.

Burke started with a weekly newspaper up in the backwoods state of Pennsylvania and soon added Yesterday’s Magazette. (Magazette because it was half magazine and half gazette.) He says he  started it because he wanted to “preserve individuals memories for posterity.”

A noble calling, but with little or no financial future.

Nevertheless, Burke persevered and turned his YM rag and a few other magazines into glossy publications for 3 decades. Now, rather than retire like the rest of us, he continues with his sorry-ass magazine online at http://yesterdaysmagazette.com.

Rather than change with the times, Burke’s online YM looks much like the printed version he had for years. Nothing fancy. No audio. No video. No gimmicks. Just numbered pages in the navigation bar that you click on and read. Very user-friendly, as the young whippersnappers say today.

Let’s face it: Yesterday’s Magazette is for old farts, like myself.

Normally, I don’t (can’t!) read the  crap online because the type is too damned small. But Burke, being an old fart himself, produces his online magazine in readable 16 pt. type. I guess that’s the nicest thing I can say about YM.  Also, the fact that a subscription to YM is FREE gets my attention.

Oh, I admit he does a fair job with the layout and, on occasion, the content stirs me enough to read beyond the first paragraph of some bygone era story. But returning to yesterday doesn’t make me happy.

(Then again, not much does make me happy these days.)

I wouldn’t recommend it for you young bucks out there, with your iPhones, iPods and all that other iCrap you stick in your ears or stare at hour after hour.

Yesterday’s Mgazette is from another era, my friends. Don’t waste your time visiting Burke’s site unless you want to be sucked back to a time when life was happier, easier, and cheaper.

Not me! I live for the misery and despair of today!

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