Now that we’re approaching the end of our third year, I can say with some certainty that the answer is “no.” And the stories we do find come from unexpected places.
Last November I attended the American Jewish Press Association annual conference in Los Angeles. The group was small and largely comprised of middle-aged Jewish newspaper editors desperate to find a way to save a dying art. But after one session, a music director from an LA day school approached me. Did I know about Abraham Kaplan, she asked. He’s a world-renowned conductor, she said, and he lives on Mercer Island.
I had never heard of this man. So I did what I always do when strangers approach me with ideas: I typed it out on the running list on my desktop. Not all will become stories, and many of them languish on the list until something sparks them to life and they germinate like dormant seeds.
When we set out to plan an issue focused on “visionaries,” I looked up Abraham Kaplan. A cursory scroll through his creaky website hardly conveys the grandeur of his career. Here is a man who conducted alongside Leonard Bernstein and Igor Stravinsky — who has been living in the Seattle area for 40 years. How did I not know about him?
The same question applies to much of this issue. There are more than 400 Technion graduates living and working around Puget Sound? Local teens are launching stuff into space? Who knew?
We have no shortage of stories, and that is thanks not to any genius on our part, but to the incredible people who make up our community. Keep the visions coming — and we’ll keep telling the stories.
Emily K. Alhadeff