By Julie Hughes
More than a decade ago, I fell deeply in love, not with a man or a dog,
but with a magazine. I still clearly remember the day I interviewed to
become the assistant editor at Satya. I was a 23 year-old girl from Queens
who answered an advertisement in the Village Voice for a position at a
magazine, the topic of which was not disclosed. When I walked into Satya’s
offices, I met a lovely woman named Beth, Satya’s publisher, who
welcomed me warmly and we proceeded to chat about the qualifications she
was looking for and the responsibilities of the position. As Beth began
to discuss Satya’s theme, I jumped out of my seat and practically
screamed, “Oh my God, I have been a vegetarian since I was 16 years-old!
I haven’t worn leather for years! This would be my dream job!” Rather
than kick me out of the office for my lack of professionalism, Beth smiled
calmly and that day, I gained a career and a life-long friend.
Over the next three years or so, under the kind guidance of Beth Gould and Martin
Rowe, a regal Englishman and the editor at the time, I learned an extensive amount
about animal advocacy, environmentalism and magazine production. But more importantly,
from these two individuals I truly learned a “way of compassion,” not
just toward animals, plants and ecosystems, but toward humans as well. Beth and
Martin are true advocates of change because of their dedication and commitment
to these movements, but also due to their kindness toward others. At Satya, I
cried almost every day over the mistreatment that the world’s animals suffer,
and Beth always provided a shoulder. Beth provided us all a shoulder through Satya, which is now the leading periodical tackling these issues. And while tears
were inescapable for us, together the Satya team knew we were making a difference
by publicizing these issues.
Since my tenure at Satya, I have continued to work for animal advocacy and wildlife
conservation. But in my heart, I will always work at Satya; it is still a part
of my very being. Through the years, I have watched Satya deepen and grow, and
tackle complex issues, always remaining faithful to the tenets upon which it
was founded: TRUTH ACTION. In an age where reinvention is the flavor of the day,
Satya’s consistency is commendable and without rival. The experiences I
had at Satya have made me the person I am today. Indeed, I try to use Satya’s
fortitude as an appropriate template for my own life: remain faithful to your
beliefs, employ kindness in resolving conflicts, listen and learn before judgment,
and always leave them wanting more. While I am sad to see Satya go, I am proud
to be a part of its legacy and I am grateful to Beth for creating such an outstanding
outlet for us. Satya will never really end; it will remain in our hearts
guiding us and leading by example. Satya will always be my true love.
Julie Hughes was assistant editor at Satya from
1994-1996. She is currently the Director for Foundation Relations at Wildlife
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