While the precise origins of ASJA are shrouded in the air pollution of time—this was 1948 and a few years before the Clean Air Acts of the 1960s—the switch from fiction to primarily nonfiction in magazines provided the impetus for what was originally called the Society of Magazine Writers (SMW) in New York City. “ASJA…was badly needed and came along at the right time,” said late co-founder Murray Teigh Bloom in an interview for Sixty Candles, an anthology of member contributions published in honor of ASJA’s 60th anniversary. “When we were together, we realized what power we had. It was a great thing.” Read More.
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