1991 to 1995
1991 (Vol. 22, Issues 3-4)
My first issue as Editor was in 1991 starting at Vol. 22, Issue 3.
S. S. Ravi resigned as
Journal Backlog Reporter, Fran Berman joined as CRA Status of Women columnist.
1992 (Vol. 23, Issues 1-4)
Mark Weiss took over as Journal Backlog Reporter.
I performed an analysis of the amount of time it takes SIGACT News
to arrive by snailmail,
published in Vol. 23, Issue 2 (see the pdf link below).
As a result we moved from third-class to second class mail, which was actually cheaper (go figure),
but required tighter deadlines.
SIGACT changed its name from
Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computability Theory
Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computation Theory.
Tom Jacob started a Book Review Column.
Vol. 23, Issue 4 started the Quarterly Quote.
1993 (Vol. 24, Issues 1-4)
Lane Hemachandra, who promptly changed his name to Lane Hemaspaandra,
took over the Computational Complexity Column.
In the first move towards electronic content, I put the submission guidelines up on an ftp server.
ACM HQ started messing with our minds by changing the names of our issues from the seasons
(Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer) to the months (January, April, July, October), which required adjustment
of the submission deadlines.
Mike Goodrich started the Parallel Algorithms Column.
1994 (Vol. 25, Issues 1-4)
ACM HQ decided that we need to change our issue dates to March, June, September, and December
in order to keep our second-class mail license.
ACM HQ also took over managing the details of advertising in SIGACT News
, which was a good thing.
Victor Vianu took over the Database Theory Column.
made the first tentative move onto the www with an information page
hosted on my desktop computer.
Joseph Ganley took over the Theory Calendar.
1995 (Vol. 26, Issues 1-4)
Yossi Matias took over the Parallel Algorithms Column.
I started the TCS Virtual Rolodex online so theoreticians can keep in contact with each other.
This was before Google, remember. Lenny Heath took over the Theory Calendar.
1996: The Centennial Year
1996 (Vol. 27, Issues 1-4)
In Vol. 27, Issue 1 I posted the results of a survey of how
long it took SIGACT News
to arrive by smailmail (see the pdf link below).
Vol. 27, Issue 2 was the 99th Issue.
Vol. 27, Issue 3 was the 100th Issue. I celebrated by changing the cover from the old matte orange look (image
of #99 below, left)
favored by the previous Editor, Mike Langston, replacing it with a glossy white cover with orange accents
(image of #100 below, right)
to maintain continuity. The cover of #100 had a "Special 100th Issue" band too.
Issue #100 was the first to appear online. I posted a pdf file on the SIGACT web server when the
print issue was sent to ACM HQ, which meant that members had access to it about a month
before it arrived by snailmail. ACM eventually caught up with the times and sucked SIGACT News Online
into their digital library, but we were there first!
This added an extra job to my task list (convert the final postscript files into a big pdf and post it),
but that didn't take more than half an hour.
1997 to 2002
1997 (Vol. 28, Issues 1-4)
Joel Seiferas took over the Reprints from Computing Reviews Column.
Bill Gasarch took over the Book Review Column.
Rakesh Sinha took over
the Technical Report Column.
Jon Riecke took over the Logic Column.
ACM HQ asked us to include SIGACT's Mission Statement in every issue
so starting with Vol. 28, Issue 4 I put it on p. 1.
1998 (Vol. 29, Issues 1-4)
Several columnist resignations, otherwise things
were just humming along on autopilot.
1999 (Vol. 30, Issues 1-4)
David Haglin took over as Technical Reports Columnist.
Vol. 30, Issue 2 had a lot of kerfuffle about NSF funding.
Vol. 30, Issue 3 was my 33rd, making me the longest serving Editor at that point,
beating out Larry Reeker, who coincidentally was one of my professors
at the University of Queensland in Australia when I was a callow undergraduate.
2000 (Vol. 31, Issues 1-4)
In Vol. 31, Issue 1 I report that "ACM is in the throes of creating a digital library".
More kerfuffle about NSF funding in Vol. 31, Issue 2. It appears that a lot of theoreticians are
off cashing in on the dot com boom. (In retrospect, I was right about that.)
Sriram Pennaraju takes over the Theory Calendar.
Sergio Rajsbaum takes over the Distributed Computing Column.
2001 (Vol. 32, Issues 1-4)
Vol. 32, Issue 2 is my 40th, marking 10 years as Editor. Quarterly Quotes is 8 years old.
Samir Khuller starts the Algorithms Column.
2002 (Vol. 33, Issues 1-3)
A chronic illness that started to manifest itself seriously at the end of 2000
kept me from being able to deal with deadlines. Vol. 33, Issue 3 this year was my last.
It ended not with a bang, but with a whimper. I just couldn't do it any more.
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