Mark Mayfield

A child of the 1960s and '70s, Mark Mayfield channeled an obsession with spaceflight into a journalism career that included coverage of the earliest shuttle flights as a reporter for United Press International. He went on to work for 10 years as a writer and editor at USA TODAY before making a transition into the national magazine industry. He served as editor-in-chief of House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Southern Accents and Art & Antiques magazines. The first thing he did after establishing his own media company in 2005 was to return to the subject he has enjoyed his entire life: space and rocketry. He created a new magazine called LAUNCH and served as its chief editor, giving him an opportunity to interview many of the astronauts, flight controllers and engineers who built America's space program. Mark is a graduate of the University of Alabama, where he served as editor of the campus newspaper, The Crimson White, during his senior year, when he was also named the top male graduate in journalism in the university's College of Communication and Information Sciences. He was also named UA's top journalism alumnus of 1990. He currently serves on the Board of Visitors for the university's communication school, and on the Publications Advisory Committee for the alumni magazine.

Broadcast 1454 (Special Edition)

Guests: Leonard David, Mark Mayfield. Topics: Human spaceflight history, commercial space, NASA policy. Please note that you are invited to comment, ask questions, and rate this program on the new Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Mark Mayfield's book, "The Spaceflight Vault: A History Of NASA's Manned Missions," is available from the One Giant Leap Foundation website as an Amazon partner. If you buy the book from OGLF, Amazon makes a contribution to The Space Show.

Broadcast 768 (Special Edition)

Mark Mayfield, editor-in-chief of LAUNCH Magazine, was the guest for this Space Show program. Our discussion will inform you about everything you have ever wanted to know about publishing a very high quality space magazine. Mark was asked several questions about his business and marketing plan and approach, his financing of the publication, target markets, writing level, and much more. We talked about his distribution plan including free copies at conferences, subscriptions, and sales at traditional book and magazine stores.

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