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Vol. 1, No. 1

25 years of WORLD

Issue: "Face-off," Aug. 13, 2011

When WORLD debuted in 1986, balancing federal budgets and deficit reduction schemes consumed the political arena-and print real estate-then as now. The March 17, 1986, cover story was on the now quaint Gramm-Rudman bill, a piece of then path-breaking legislation to constrain federal spending. Our own financial constraints saw WORLD move to newsprint-and 16 pages per week-for a time before again growing to the full-color biweekly editions that a quarter-century later often run more than 100 pages (plus now online and iPad versions).

"It's easy in launching a new magazine," wrote founder Joel Belz in that first issue, "to be infected with triumphalism and a sense of self-importance. Most of your neighbors, you know, have never started a new magazine." But a patient and loyal readership-plus enough famine, persecution, danger, and sword-have kept our small staff busy and our pages (and cups) overflowing.

For more on WORLD's history, read articles from our 20th anniversary issue published in 2006.

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