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Old 01-09-20, 03:27 PM
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Re: What was your first magazine subscription?

The Weekly Reader. Around second grade. You subscribed at school. Brought money to school and gave it to teacher.
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Re: What was your first magazine subscription?

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The one I had was called National Geographic World (not Owl as I mistakenly said above), is that the one you're thinking of? I had a sub for this back in the 70's, not sure if the name changed later on.
Yep, I looked it up. It was called National Geographic World from 1975 to 2002, then changed to National Geographic Kids. Earlier, from 1919 to 1975, they had a pamphlet sent to schools called National Geographic School Bulletin.

Iím pretty sure I was a charter subscriber to World, as my parents were long-time subscribers to the main magazine. Donít think I saved the issues tough, my hoarding started later.
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Re: What was your first magazine subscription?

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Anyone remember the 70s kids mag Dynamite? I think that one. If not that, then Fangoria in the 80s.
Yeah, I think that came as part of the Scholastic Book Club, then another club had Smash.
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Re: What was your first magazine subscription?

GamePro was first and then I added Nintendo Power.
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Re: What was your first magazine subscription?

Boy's Life for me.
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Re: What was your first magazine subscription?

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Probably Games Magazine or Baseball Digest. Games went under when I still had issues left on my subscription, and I think they offered some kind of half-assed make-good that I didnít bother with.

I assume Baseball Digest is Dead by now, but I ran across an issue like 20 years after I stopped reading it, and it looked exactly the same. Only the players had changed.
Baseball Digest was my first subscription as well. I have fond memories of memorizing the included stats as a child.
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Re: What was your first magazine subscription?

Interesting question.
Probably Boys Life through Cub Scouts. Maybe Highlights or Turtle as an even littler one.
First mag I personally subscribed to (that I remember) was probably Atari Age, followed by SPY or National Lampoon. I wish I still had the Atari Ages; I do still have my Sega Visions.
Oh, Dynamite, that was great. There was another one, not subscription but sold through the school book club, that was sort of a cleaner Mad-type parody magazine. I don't think it was Bananas, but maybe it was.

Right now I'm subscribed to probably a dozen, although my Heavy Metal expired recently and I might not renew it. I only keep MAD and Heavy Metal. I still get Readers Digest.
Old 01-09-20, 04:59 PM
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Re: What was your first magazine subscription?

Games, Omni, and Byte Magazine. Actually I think BYTE was the first, started my subscription in 1975. Games and Omni came later, in '77 to '78 as I recall. Cinefantastique came later about '79. What a great magazine!

Now, I don't subscribe to any magazines or newspapers due to the skyrocketing costs, amateur level of journalism. Compared to "back in the day", you'd think current magazines were written for kids, the level of diction and professionalism is THAT bad! And, no, I'm not paying $8 to $10 for a crappy magazine!

I still occassionally pick up an issue of 2600, though. At $10, it hurts compared to $2 back in the day, but it's a quarterly issue, so it's at least justifiable. Have kept all my back issues as culturally relelvant artifacts since the first issue in 1984.
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Re: What was your first magazine subscription?

I forgot about Boy’s Life. Was a Cub Scout briefly back around 2nd grade and had at least a year of the mag. Was it free for Scouts?

Also fondly remember the various small footprint sports ‘digest’ magazines, and was a longtime subscriber to Football Digest
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Boys Life was "free" (included in your dues) for Scouts.

The other parody kids mag from the book club was Maniac. (I remembered on the way home, out of nowhere).

I subscribe because I get great deals. I won't pay 8-10 bucks per an issue, but I will pay 8-25 for a year. The most expensive magazines I'm getting are Official Xbox Magazine, which was $25 for 13 issues, and Asimov's, which is $21 for 6 issues. (Oh, I was subbed to Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine early on too.)
Everything else is less than a dollar an issue (I hate that Entertainment Weekly went monthly, that was like 20 cents an issue.)
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Re: What was your first magazine subscription?

My parents got me and my sister a subscription to Chickadee when we were very young, then Owl a few years later. The first one to which I subscribed with my own money was probably a video game mag. EGM, GamePro, or one of those.
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Re: What was your first magazine subscription?

American Girl. I think it was published by the Girl Scouts, but I can't recall. I was never a Girl Scout, though.

I just looked online and the version I subscribed to ceased publication in 1979, but there was another one by that name from 1992-2019.
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Re: What was your first magazine subscription?

Either Highlights or Nintendo Power. I can't remember for sure on Highights but I definitely remember Nintendo Power.
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Re: What was your first magazine subscription?

Boy's Life and Mad Magazine, both in 1967
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Re: What was your first magazine subscription?

Playboy. I think I was 15 or 16.
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Re: What was your first magazine subscription?

I think it was, maybe Odyssey when I was seven or eight. I graduated up to OMNI a couple of years later.
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Re: What was your first magazine subscription?

My first-ever subscription was the Marvel G.I. Joe comic book, followed shortly by Boys Life, Nintendo Power, and Mad.
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Re: What was your first magazine subscription?

Mad, then Fangoria
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Re: What was your first magazine subscription?

Mad Magazine
Baseball Weekly...both about the same time, 12 years old.

My family subscribed to National Geographic my whole life, which I still love.
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Re: What was your first magazine subscription?

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Baseball Digest was my first subscription as well. I have fond memories of memorizing the included stats as a child.
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It's actually still being published, but now on a bi-monthly schedule (6 issues per year). It is also no longer digest sized, it has the same dimensions as a regular magazine.
Iím not shocked that it still exists and almost want to pick up an issue just for the novelty of it.
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Re: What was your first magazine subscription?

This. The pictured was my first issue and I got every one that followed until they stopped making them (and didn't refund the rest of my subscription, which I had just upped for two years!) in 2009.


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Re: What was your first magazine subscription?

Either Nintendo Power or EGM (Electronic Gaming Monthly)
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Re: What was your first magazine subscription?

Other than a Newsweek subscription that we all got in my junior high school class in the mid-'60s, I don't recall what I subscribed to before 1990. I used to buy every magazine and comic book I wanted at the newsstands and magazine stores. I eventually subscribed to both Entertainment Weekly and TV Guide in the 1990s because of the savings from subscriptions. I subscribed to Animerica Magazine in the 1990s and eventually started writing regularly for it in 1999.


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Re: What was your first magazine subscription?

My older brother was selling magazine subscriptions for a school fund-raiser and I used my own money to subscribe to Fate magazine in the mid-70s when I was 10 or 11. I had never heard of it but the description said it was "true" stories about ghosts and ufos and stuff like that, so I subscribed. It was the equivalent of modern-day creepypasta. I used to read the stories in the daytime, then be terrified every night when I tried to go to sleep.
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Re: What was your first magazine subscription?

I think my parents got me New York Yankees Magazine at one point in my life, but I've never personally signed up for a magazine subscription.

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