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Discussion: "Berman" O/NA Issues Now Online

in: Orienteering; General

Dec 31, 2016 10:55 PM # 
Back issues of Orienteering North America (O/NA) from 1984 - 1999 are now available online. The collection consists of all 140 issues published by, and made available courtesy of, Larry and Sara Mae Berman. We hope to add additional O/NA issues in the future.

There are several ways to access the collection. A "bookcase" view is available at URL:

Take a look at the "Start Here" issue (the first one shown in the upper left of the bookcase) for details about the collection and tips on using it.

Enjoy browsing a bit of our history!

Greg Lennon
(OUSA VP/Clubs)
Dec 31, 2016 11:19 PM # 
This looks great and is really easy to browse! What a great initiative! Thanks for taking this on, Greg.
Dec 31, 2016 11:21 PM # 
This is so cool. I could spend hours looking through them. Thanks!
Dec 31, 2016 11:45 PM # 
This is amazing. Hours of fun.
Jan 1, 2017 12:06 AM # 
So many familiar names....looking so young! Thank you Greg!

And thank you Larry and Sara Mae; you set a very high bar for O writing! And eight issues each year, two more than we enjoy today! On a Selectric typewriter at first? How did you do it?
Jan 1, 2017 1:03 AM # 
Thanks so much Greg. Not only are they great trips back for us old-timers in almost every issue there are gems of training wisdom that are not out of date.
I've climbed lots of hills
Had all kind of thrills,
But the thrill I've never known
Is the thrill that'll getcha
When you get your pitcha
On the cover of ONA

Who DID have the most cover photos?
Jan 1, 2017 2:04 AM # 
I'll bet it's PG.
Jan 1, 2017 2:20 AM # 
I'll bet MP or MK, or ST.
Jan 1, 2017 10:54 AM # 
Thanks. I guess I can throw away the paper copies now ;)
Jan 1, 2017 3:16 PM # 
Awesome. Thank you!
Jan 1, 2017 3:48 PM # 
I have started counting the covers. MJ Childs had an early lead but has been tied by several others.
Jan 1, 2017 3:53 PM # 
ONA Trivia Question: What fellow Wheaties box cover model did PG say was 'finally someone who made him look tall'?
Jan 1, 2017 4:08 PM # 
An out of the blue wild guess: Scott Hamilton
Jan 1, 2017 4:10 PM # 
Mary Lou Retton?
Jan 1, 2017 4:35 PM # 
BorisGr Correct. But still PG must have been standing on a chair when that photo was taken.
Jan 1, 2017 7:51 PM # 
Thanks Greg (and the Bermans) - this is a great resource. There's a very interesting compilation of comments from the O-net regarding the US WOC team selection in 1999 on pages 35-37 of the Berman's very last issue.
Jan 2, 2017 4:08 PM # 
Thanks, Greg, and Bermans! Really nice.
Jan 2, 2017 6:44 PM # 
Thanks very much for putting this together, Greg - and to the Bermans for fabulous content! This is a fantastic way to consume the old editions. It would be really interesting to see some statistics about the content!
Jan 2, 2017 7:30 PM # 
This is great. Thanks!
Jan 2, 2017 10:14 PM # 
If you forget to bookmark the link Greg provided, it's also available on the OUSA home page in the menu at the bottom of the page (oh?? there's another menu???? -- check it out!), or from the page.
Jan 4, 2017 9:20 AM # 
The most ONA covers during the 'Berman era' including group photos and as identified by name in the 'Cover Photo' section of the magazine is - it should be no surprise given her many successful years in foot and ski orienteering - Sharon Crawford. Sharon made it to four covers.
Next with three covers each were Ted de St Croix and Scott Pleben.
At least eight orienteers made two cover appearances.
Bottom line: The Bermans spread the cover honours around very widely.
My favourite cover: Vol 12 #7, Oct 1996. Perhaps we should try to re-create that photo at the next COC's in Ottawa.
Jan 4, 2017 9:23 PM # 
Very, very cool. Wow.
Jan 5, 2017 5:04 PM # 
This is great, as now I can easily reference one of the best articles ever from ONA, IMHO, when doing course consulting duties. The Sept/Oct. 1986 and onward issues on course setting written by Beatrice.
It has always struck me, in reading old issues of ONA, how problems, concerns and arguments, continue to be the same.
Any volunteers for old issues of "Team News", or the "Troll Trasher Rag"!?
Jan 6, 2017 2:17 PM # 
Speaking of archiving....does anyone know where the archives are now for the old O-Net daily email newsgroup? They used to be archived on a Princeton site. But are no longer there.

O-Net preceded Attack Point. Back in the days of emailed Bulletin Boards and Newsgroups, when Kenny was still running string courses. But nevertheless, a lot of intense O discussions and ideas. Many from informed orienteers who are no longer with us.
Jan 6, 2017 2:57 PM # 
The link to O-Net on YahooGroups is here, Clark: Orienteering communities. The archive there appears to only include from 2001 on when YahooGroups replaced some other mail lists. For anything earlier I'd suggest trying to contact Rick Slater.

If anyone knows of other groups/links that should be added to this OUSA page, please let me know. Thanks!
Jan 7, 2017 7:05 PM # 
In a word... WOW!

I saw eddie linked directly to a page, but didn't see how to do that in the "Start Here"; could someone please point me toward those instructions?
Jan 7, 2017 8:55 PM # 
While viewing an issue, click the "Share" icon to share an issue (and then either copy the URL or choose one of the social media icons).

If you wish to link to a specific page in an issue, add /#p=X to the issue URL, where X is the page number. The best place to see the correct page number for the URL is at the bottom of the screen, since that's the page number as scanned and as being veiwed; it is not the page number as printed in the magazine.

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