Revisiting SNIPS' 75th Anniversary
This is an updated version of an article that originally appeared in March 2007 as part of Snips’ 75th anniversary.
Still in the family
During this time and through most of the 1980s, Nick’s son, Edward C. “Charley” Carter III worked on the magazine as associate editor. He continued doing so through high school, college and law school, and was a full-time writer for several years afterward.
Carter now works as a supervisor in the Illinois attorney general’s office and is an adjunct professor at the Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Nick Carter and Robert Murphy continued to produce Snips during the 1990s. As the decade wore on, it was sometimes a struggle to produce the issue on time each month. Issues were sometimes late. Nevertheless, readership and advertising remained strong and loyal.
In June 1997, when Nick Carter was 71 years old, Snips was sold to Business News Publishing Co., a family-owned trade magazine publisher based in Troy, Mich., near Detroit. Offices were moved from Melrose Park, Ill., to Michigan.
Edward C. Carter IV, Carter III’s son and Nick Carter’s grandson, helped close the business and pack magazines and materials to ship to BNP.
The first issue of a BNP-produced Snips appeared the next month. Another “Ed” - this one “Bas,” not Carter - was named editor and publisher. Ed Bas, a former Detroit-area newspaper reporter, had worked for BNP for six years. Most recently, he was an editor on the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration News, the company’s flagship weekly publication.