Kevin Standlee (kevin_standlee) wrote,
Kevin Standlee
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The Irony, It Burns

[Composed Saturday morning because I did not have time on Friday to post this when I first encountered it.]

I subscribe to RAIL magazine, which follows UK railroading. Issue 612 -- now six weeks old -- arrived just a few days before I left for Norwescon, and I brought it with me. The issue includes an article about the English, Welsh, and Scottish Railway (EWS), the subsidiary of the Wisconsin Central that bought the lion's share of the UK rail freight industry when the system was privatized. EWS has since been sold off and is being re-branded by its new owner as DB Schenker, but the article includes the following recollections from EWS's former Chief Executive Ed Burkhart that I found ironic in light of the criticism that WSFS has received for its Hugo Logo Contest:
"The idea of having our fans participate in a contest to create our logo [in 1996] was a good one. And the results were excellent.... I remember going over the half-dozen logos that had been selected as finalists [by RAIL magazine, which managed the contest]. The quality was excellent, and we couldn't have done as well had we used a professional design firm.
Tags: hugo award, logo contest, trains
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