30 years in print … Do you remember when?

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Amid the recent flurry of anniversary celebrations—IFAI’s 100th in 2012, GRI’s 25th in 2013—our proud little magazine, Geosynthetics, formerly known as GFR, is also in line for some durability and reliability recognitions this year.

First published in Summer 1983 as a quarterly magazine, Geotechnical Fabrics Report seemed to grow and succeed, slow down and tread water, along with economic trends in the geosynthetics industry during the past 30 years. Off to a good start in 1983 and 1984, GFR went to a bimonthly publishing schedule in 1985.

News tidbits such as these from the magazine and the geosynthetics industry are captured in each issue this year on our Final Inspection page, broken into five chronological sections from 1983–2013. “1983-1988: The beginnings” is our first installment in this issue.

To whet your appetite for this history journey in this as well as the four remaining issues, here is a preview quiz.

Do you remember when …

… President Ronald Reagan signed the landmark Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments?

… the “Specifier’s Guide” first appeared?

… IFAI’s Geotextile Division started its Washington, D.C., Liaison Committee?

… a geosynthetics industry leader delivered the Terzaghi Lecture?
Hint: there are three gentlemen lecturing in three different years.

GMA opened an office in Mexico City?

… (and who were:) the first women elected to the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) Council?

… did GFR officially change its title to Geosynthetics?

Good luck with this short quiz and happy history reading in each Final Inspection installment this year.

Ron Bygness is the editor of Geosynthetics magazine.


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