September 23, 2004
Tribune readers will soon experience a contemporary version of an iconic magazine that has illustrated for decades how Americans live.
Beginning Oct. 1, the Tribune will be the only Valley newspaper to participate in a nationwide relaunch of LIFE, a periodical known for producing some of the most powerful images in American history. The weekly publication, to be included in 70 newspapers nationwide with a combined circulation of 12 million, will be part of all Friday editions of the Tribune.
"We’re absolutely thrilled to be able to bring such a fabulous magazine to our readers," said Tribune Publisher Karen Wittmer. "It’s something that most people in the Valley are going to be able to identify with."
The updated version of LIFE will continue its legacy, begun in 1936, of chronicling America through photographs and moving stories. The weekly magazine ceased publication in 1972 but was brought back as a monthly from 1978 to 2000.
One of the missions of the new LIFE is to help readers discover how to spend their weekends — through stories, pictures and ideas.
"As we are all leading these really busy lives these days, the weekend becomes that much more important," said Bill Shapiro, LIFE’s managing editor. "It’s a time we can reconnect and be with the people we want to be with and care about."
The Sunday Dinner section will feature famous and everyday chefs who serve up favorite recipes for families to cook and share in their homes. There will be suggestions on how to have inexpensive or unusual weekend experiences. LIFE also will include stories about American families and celebrities woven between pages of photos.
"I want this magazine to be readers’ backstage pass to America," Shapiro said, "and I want us to be able to help them see the world, feel it and think about it in a new way."
The magazine’s debut issue will feature "Sex and the City" star Sarah Jessica Parker talking about motherhood, marriage and life after a hit TV series. A story by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt, combined with photographs of three immigrant families as they arrive at John F. Kennedy International Airport, looks at what these families packed into their suitcases and what that signifies.
"When a reader is done with this magazine, I want them to feel human," Shapiro said. "I want them to feel all of the emotions that we sometimes don’t have time to feel during the week. I’m talking about joy, passions, shock, sorrow, hope and wonder."