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I haven't seen Survival Magazine for several years
and assume it's defunct.
Anyone know the circumstances of it's demise?
It was a really great and interesting resource.
I assume you mean "American Survival Guide Magazine."
First, I urge you to spend a little bit of time learning about Google,
probably the most important survival tool anyone here will ever
encounter. If you don't know about, go to www.google.com and spend some
time learning how to do simple searches. And Google Groups has a store
of Usenet/Netnews articles going back to the early 1980s, i.e.,
essentially a complete copy of all of Usenet.
Second, a search on "American Survival Guide Magazine" will turn up
many hits discussing the renaming of ASG and then its demise. One such
article is from our own Len McDougall:
(The lengthy URL is because I have pasted-in the results of a search in
Google Groups. Directly searching is usually better. And there are
utilities to compress or shorten URLs.)
A few of his paragraphs are copied below:
From: Len McDougall, Outdoor Writer (***@yahoo.com)
Subject: What happened to American Survival Guide
Date: 2002-10-22 23:50:05 PST
As some of you may remember, I was a regular contributor to American
Survival Guide magazine for 17 years, until it folded. I was in
contact with editor Jim Benson and assistant editor Scott Stoddard
right up til they were let go, largely because I had a half dozen
feature pieces waiting for publication with them.
What happened is that publisher Jim McMullen sold controlling
interest to a Korean publishing house in 93. The conglomerate was
called McMullen & Yee. The Yee family bought out McMullen completely
in 96, and the company became Yee Publications, or YP. The Yee's
don't like guns, and they pressured Benson to stop printing pieces
about firearms - that affected me personally, and I didn't like it any
more than Benson did. The Yees basically told ASG's readership to go
screw themselves, and they refused to give magazine buyers what they
wanted because of personal beliefs. As any intelligent person could
have predicted, ASG's subscription renewals fell off dramatically, and
advertisers started pulling out, too. In desperation, the Yees
changed the name of the magazine to Self Reliance Journal in 2000,
attempting to get back subscribers with whitewash, but still refusing
to give survival readers what they wanted. Readers weren't fooled;
SRJ folded for good in April 2001.