January 1972 Popular Electronics
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Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles
published October 1954 - April 1985. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.
editor Milton Snitzer used his space in the January 1972 issue to announce to readers the
World magazine with itself. Electronics World was published monthly
from May 1959 through December 1971. Electronics World editor William Stocklin
wrote an editorial in that final issue alerting his readers to the change coming in the
next edition. "Over the years many people have asked us 'Why two electronics books in
the same company ?' We thought we had a pretty good answer, but times change, and evolution
makes its mark in the publishing field, too. It is therefore with a mixture of sadness
for the old and exhilaration for the new that we bring you the news that next month,
Electronics World will merge with its sister publication, Popular Electronics,
which even today, before the merger, has the largest circulation of any electronics magazine
in the world. Electronics World has had a long and honorable history -over 50
years -and we are proud of the role we have played in it. The passing of the magazine
is the passing of an era."
By Milton S. Snitzer, Editor
Popular Electronics - Including Electronics World
A warm welcome to readers of Electronics World who are joining us this month. We trust
you will find much of interest in our pages and that you will like this new combined
In October 1954, the first issue of Popular Electronics was born out of the pages
of Radio & TV News - later to be called Electronics World. It was felt that there
was a need for a publication that would speak simply to beginners in electronics, new
hobbyists, and novices. Projects were designed for those with a minimum knowledge of
electronics and for the beginning ham.
However, the field of electronics has not stood still in the last 17 years. Along
with its increased sophistication have come more knowledgeable hobbyists and experimenters,
many of whom are in electronics professionally. Hence, the construction projects in PE
have increased in complexity and in technical level.
Electronics World has also moved along with the changing field as its various name
changes have indicated-all the way from its start as Radio Amateur News, to Radio News,
to Radio & TV News, and finally to Electronics World in 1959. It maintained its identity
by catering more to the professional man in electronics, than to the hobbyist and experimenter.
As time went on, however, it became more and more difficult to preserve the separate
identity of the two publications. Their technical levels got to be more and more the
same; and, in a number of cases, both were read by the same people.
It seems only natural then that we include in the pages of Popular Electronics some
of the same editorial coverage that was provided readers of Electronics World; and that
is what the new combined publication will do. It will satisfy those who are interested
in building their own projects as well as those who like more general, tutorial, state-of-the-art,
and product-oriented stories, and articles on new developments in electronics. At the
same time we want to give our readers more information on what is going on in the general
areas of audio and stereo equipment, communications, test equipment, and product testing
and evaluation. To do this, we are adding a number of new columns on these subjects as
well as incorporating some well-read columns from our sister publication. Of course,
we will need more pages for this added coverage and that's what you will be getting.
We feel we are moving in the right direction instead of trying somewhat arbitrarily
to maintain an artificial difference that really does not exist. To do the job we are
using editors from both publications as you can see from our masthead. We hope our efforts
will please both our new and old readers and that you will find the new Popular Electronics
Including Electronics World even more to your liking than the old.
Posted January 14, 2019