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from the publisher’s desk
DECEMBER! IT’S JUST about impossible to be unaffected by the many warm and wonderful emotions that
this time of year can evoke. Families come together,
memories are made and stories are shared.
Telling stories with pictures has a history going back
millennia. The explosion of popularity that comic books
experienced last century (and still experience) proves that
this medium had lost none of its strength. At the center of
comics creation, one man, Stan Lee, stood (and still stands)
out. As our cover story on page 25 explains, Lee, a Costco
member, has had an amazingly successful multi-decade run
in the industry, which includes being instrumental in this
century’s wave of films based on comics. His new full-color graphic book, Amazing
Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir, is available at all Costco locations.
Really, this entire issue is about telling stories and conveying messages. If you want
help telling stories with photos, look to photo expert Daniel Johnson for useful tips
(page 30). JONDO, Costco’s digital photography supplier, can turn your photos into canvas
art (page 43). And PBS’s Masterpiece has been providing rich and meaningful stories for
more than 45 years, including several series available at Costco (page 53).
Another aspect of celebrations at this time of year is food. Preparing a seasonal favorite,
prime rib roast, is explained in juicy detail on page 69. If you are stumped on making dessert for a wide range of people, several innovative cookie recipes (pages 62 and 63) take into
account those with dietary concerns. And to select the best beverages to pair with it all, follow the advice of Costco wine and spirits buyer Annette Alvarez-Peters (page 73).
For many, this time of year includes exchanging gifts. Fortunately, there is still time to
pick up items at Costco and on Costco.com. Throughout the magazine, you’ll find ideas
for everyone—family, friends, clients and more—in your life.
From all of us at Costco, the best to you this season! C
Ginnie Roeglin is Senior Vice
President, E-Commerce and
Publishing, and Publisher of
The Costco Connection.
from the editor’s desk
IN MY SMALL OFFICE at home, spilling over into a corner of the garage, are a dozen plastic storage containers, the
kind used for keeping files and documents. These containers hold all of my parents’ photo albums, created as we kids
grew up, along with old papers and documents deemed too
precious to throw away. Altogether, these photos and papers
are the record of nearly eight decades of a family’s life.
The collection starts with early black-and-white photos
of my dad in his Marine Corps uniform and my mom in
her Navy WAVES outfit, which give way to one baby por-
trait, then two, four and finally 10, the last in grainy color
in front of a Christmas tree. There are photos of pets, sunsets, beaches (and crab pots and
clam digging), graduations, weddings, relatives, cars (station wagons) and more. There are
diplomas, letters, cards and school projects, most carefully preserved.
This family library has been shuffled from one basement to another since my folks
passed away. My house is its final home: My goal is to create a digital archive of these photos and papers for my siblings, the grandkids and, well, posterity.
I write about this because the ambitious DVD I am compiling will be a Christmas
present for my family (but that’s a secret). Costco is involved because I’m using our Photo
Center to create a photo book and photo DVDs, and in the future I can envision using
these digitized photos to make calendars, cards for upcoming birthdays and special
occasions, and so on.
The project has taken me on a sentimental journey, with family and the holidays serving as the central theme. My dad always made sure to get a photo of the big Christmas tree,
kids opening presents and the family around the table enjoying a big meal. (He could have
used the photo tips we offer in our story on page 30.) I hope a special gathering, thoughtful
gifts and a shared meal are part of your holidays this year, however you celebrate them.
Happy holidays from The Costco Connection C
Tim Talevich is Editorial
Director of The Costco