(Front, left to right): Charita Goshay, Alison Matas, Kelsey Reinhart, Jess Bennett, Molly Ott and Julie Botos (Back, left to right): Breanna Caslow, Tim Botos, Gary Brown, B.J. Lisko, Bob Rossiter, Todd Porter, Kelli Young and Dan Kane

Letter from the Editor: May 2015

The first time I watched “Moneyball,” I was mesmerized by how Billy Beane, the Oakland A’s general manager, put together his baseball team. Side note: If you haven’t seen the movie, I highly recommend it.

The first time I watched “Moneyball,” I was mesmerized by how Billy Beane, the Oakland A’s general manager, put together his baseball team. Side note: If you haven’t seen the movie, I highly recommend it. Beane was trying to put together a successful team on a rather low budget. Instead of paying a lot for a few exceptional players, he took a different approach. He hired a recent Yale grad to use statistical data to analyze individual players’ abilities. This approach upset many of the coaches, as Beane was going against their views. After lots of trading of players, Beane created a team that was very successful.

You may wonder why I’m talking about baseball when I work at a magazine. It’s not because I love baseball or the movie—though the film is a favorite of mine; it’s because I believe in the approach Beane took to creating his team.

A team is a sum of individual parts. It works best when each part—or person in this case—is able to contribute his or her individual talents. The new players on the Oakland A’s were able to show off their talents while simultaneously working as a team to win games.

So how does this relate to About? This month we’re debuting our new editorial team. We have put together an official About team to produce what you read in the magazine every month. Each member brings special talents to the team. Whether it is long-form feature writing or short quick-hit pieces or anything and everything between, our writers bring an array of strengths to the magazine.

As baseball players meet to practice together before games, our team meets once a month to discuss the next issue. When meeting to discuss the first issue the team would tackle, we took into account what strengths each writer possessed and we went from there. This month essentially is our first “game.” Maybe we will hit some fly balls and hopefully bring in a few home runs with this month’s features and articles.

Be sure to read the artist profiles starting on Page 42. We feature a woodturner, large-scale sculptor and tattoo artist, fiber artist and painter. Also in this issue, Summer Moore gives her thoughts on binge-watching TV and includes some shows you should start streaming now. Alison Matas tells her tale of performing in local theater, and Dan Kane treks to Cleveland for this month’s Roam feature on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Until next month,
Kelsey Reinhart, editor

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