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This column was prepared for the June 13, 2001 edition of U.S. 1
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Between the Lines
Faithful readers of this newspaper will not be surprised
to learn that U.S. 1 senior editor Barbara Fox is the author of this
year’s Health and Fitness cover story on the exercise regimen known as
the Pilates Method. Pilates, as Fox explains in her story beginning on
page 45, is the preferred exercise form for many professionals in the
New York arts community.
And Fox, as faithful readers know, not only has written extensively
about dance but also has participated in various dance classes through
the years and draws on her dance contacts as sources of information
for all sorts of stories. One of the early connections of U.S. 1 to
the dance world came back in late 1988, when we were fishing around
for a cover image to illustrate our first issue of the new year, 1989.
Ever seeking to preview stories, rather than review them, we
determined that 1989 would be the beginning of musings about the
1990s, the last decade of the century and the millennium. So we came
up with a headline: Bracing for the ’90s. And Fox suggested the cover
image: Dancers from Teamwork Dance twisting their bodies into the form
of the nine, zero, and letter s.
One of the subjects of that issue concerned working women having
children later in life. That part of the 1990s wasn’t going to be
easy, U.S. 1 predicted in 1989. And working women who tried to be
E-types — everything to everybody — might be burned out before the
dawn of the new millennium. Among the advice: "Learn relaxation and
stress management techniques. Make small changes, a couple of steps at
a time." And "be process-oriented rather than performance-oriented."
Reading that now, it all seems like the formula for the new boom in an
exercise movement like Pilates. What’s interesting is that back in
1989, when U.S. 1 photographer Craig Terry needed some bodies to
illustrate our premise, they were all women. (Two of the four —
Janell Byrne and Mary Pat Robertson — now teach Pilates as well as
dance.) Today, when we dispatched Terry to Anthony Rabara’s Pilates
studio, the photo participants included two businessmen. We are all —
men and women — getting older, and some are getting wiser and more
limber as well, enjoying the process as much as much as the
The Thought Police have been out lately, and one of their
investigations has been fixed on our announcement of this year’s
Summer Fiction issue. In that ad (printed in this issue on page 16) we
referred to the Sopranos television show and the rave reviews being
bestowed upon the screenwriters of the HBO. Did we realize, several
people asked us, that the Sopranos applauds violence, especially male
violence and control over women?
We certainly understand the concern and the controversy surrounding
the show, but we hope it doesn’t obscure our point: That people still
like a good story, a piece of writing with a beginning, middle, and
end. We hope writers will direct their submissions to our annual
fiction issue, which will undoubtedly be weighted in favor of themes
and places pertinent to the professionals of the greater Princeton
business community. We will leave the searing details of fictional
organized crime families in northern New Jersey to the producers of
HBO in California and New York.
Please turn to page 16 for details on the submission process.
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