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Volume 46 | Issue 6 | July 30, 2004

People and Places


X-Press Captures 4th Straight Grand Award

photo: Sarah Merlin, editor Jay Levine and Christian Gelzer, Dryden deputy chief historian.

From left are X-Press assistant editor Sarah Merlin, editor Jay Levine and Christian Gelzer, Dryden deputy chief historian.
NASA Photo by Tom Tschida

In the 2004 Awards for Publication Excellence (APEX) competition, the Dryden X-Press has been honored with a Grand Award for the Active Aeroelastic Wing Special Edition, AAW: Wright Now, written by editor Jay Levine, assistant editor Sarah Merlin and deputy chief historian Christian Gelzer. The win marks the fourth straight year that the X-Press has captured a Grand Award in the international contest, which honored the top two percent of communication tools selected from nearly 5,500 entries.

Here's what the judges said about the AAW X-Press Grand Award winner: "Beautiful design with striking large-format spreads and superb photos - all well-captioned - make a wonderful 'wrapper' for interesting, well-crafted copy that tells a compelling story. If flight research is your passion, this is your magapaper. It continues to impress."

photo: AAW Wright Now award winning cover

AAW X-Press Special Edition, Dec. 17, 2003, Grand Award Winner

Dryden publications also received individual Awards of Excellence in eight other categories:

  • The AAW Special Edition was recognized for photography by photo chief Jim Ross, Carla Thomas, Tony Landis and Tom Tschida.
  • Also from the AAW edition, Levine's story entitled "Flight Research - The Ultimate Proof of Concept" was a winner in the category of technical writing.
  • The entire AAW edition, laid out and designed by Levine, was judged a top entry in the design and layout category.
  • In the Personality Profiles category, Merlin's story, "Ken Iliff: Engineering 40 years of Success" was a winner.
photo: Frederick A. Johnson

Frederick A. Johnson

  • The entire June 27 edition of the X-Press was selected as a top entry in the magapaper and newspaper overall writing category. The issue contained stories by Levine and Merlin as well as by Maribel (Gutierrez) Harms, Chris Rink of Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va., and the Dryden Public Affairs staff, including Public Affairs Director Frederick A. Johnsen and Dryden News Chief Alan Brown.
  • Levine designed a story package for the July 25, 2003, X-Press edition featuring an article by Merlin and photos by Tschida, "They Stopped Here on the Way to Mars," which was selected as a winner for design and layout.
  • The book "The Smell of Kerosene: A Test Pilot's Odyssey," written by former NASA test pilot Don Mallick, co-written by Dryden historian and archivist Peter Merlin and designed and laid out by Levine, won an Award of Excellence in the books and book chapters category.
photo: Peter Merlin

Peter Merlin

  • An article series written by Johnsen on the 2003 Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture event for the publication "EAA AirVenture Today" took honors in the feature series category.

This year marked the 16th annual APEX Awards competition. The contest is sponsored by Communication Concepts, a Springfield, Va.-based organization dedicated to business writing in the corporate, profit/nonprofit and agency environments. Communication Concepts personnel judge the entries and select winners, recognizing the best of the best in the business communications field.

Among other entrants in this year's contest were nonprofit organizations such as the American Red Cross, the Humane Society of the U.S. and the American Bar Association; educational institutions such as Harvard, Yale and Dartmouth; corporations such as Disney and IBM; and other government agencies, including Ames Research Center, Sandia National Laboratories and the U.S. Agency for International Development.