Revisiting SNIPS' 75th Anniversary
This is an updated version of an article that originally appeared in March 2007 as part of Snips’ 75th anniversary.
Passing of a legend
In a January 2007 editorial, McConnell announced that Nick Carter passed away Nov. 5, 2006, of cancer. He was 80.
Readers send in condolences and remembrances, which are published in subsequent issues.
Snips celebrated its 75th anniversary in March 2007, a month before its actual birthday. Readers and advertisers congratulate the magazine and its staff on the milestone.
For an October 2007 article, “Education and incarceration,” Snips is given access to a sheet metal training class at Buckingham Correctional Center, a prison in Dillwyn, Va. All of the program’s members were convicted of serious crimes and are hoping a sheet metal career will be their ticket to a normal, productive life upon release.
The magazine’s 75th anniversary year was not only about looking back. In September, it was announced that the magazine’s editors would start writing “Web logs” or “blogs,” as they are commonly called. Siegel and McConnell would write online about goings-on in the industry or whatever is on their minds.
It was also pointed out that Snips has posted its first video, a short clip of a “tin knocker” hammering away at a meeting of sheet metal enthusiasts taken at an Ohio historical park. McConnell predicted the magazine would eventually include videos as a regular part of its online offerings.
2007 also marks the start of Today’s News Update, a section of www.Snipsmag.com where news items are posted daily, putting an end to the requirement that readers wait a month to get sheet metal news. Many of the items are online exclusives posted with a day - or less - of their occurrence.