Letters of LIFE and love

Cape Cod Life  /  June 2018 /

Writer: Julie Craven Wagner

Letters of LIFE and love


Cape Cod Life  /  June 2018 /

Writer: Julie Craven Wagner

Cape Cod LIFE past issues

Cape Cod LIFE at 40

As we enter our 40th year of publishing at Cape Cod Life Publications, we have been fortunate to enjoy a long and meaningful history of communication with our readers. We have decided to look back at some of that correspondence, starting with our very first issue published in 1979. The style of communication, beautifully written cards and letters in distinctive longhand, has evolved to emails and Facebook and Instagram posts, but the warmth and genuine discourse remains unchanged.

From our third issue, published in the spring of 1980:

Welcome to the world of magazine publishing. Your first issue made me want to buy a copy of the second issue, and I did, but it was the last one on the rack. That is too close to missing an issue, so here is my subscription.


Jon Harrison

Manchester, CT


My wife and I are planning a vacation trip to New England. We bought the second issue of Cape Cod Life at our grocery store and have found it very interesting and attractive. Enclosed is our check, please send us back a copy of Vol. 1, No. 1. If Cape Cod is as beautiful as your magazine, we don’t want to miss an issue and are ready to travel!

Richard K. English

Etters, PA

A year later in 1981, things were definitely catching on:

Your last issue, Indian Summer ’81, is a treasure to be added to one’s personal library.

Francis X. Mooney

Watertown, MA

In 1984, the conversation was often about memories triggered by something in the magazine:

The Gunk’holing column in your Spring ’84 issue brought back nostalgic memories of the Craigville Inn. It was in the 1930’s; I was young, had never been to the Cape, and was right out of St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City. I owned an Oldsmobile and I and several of my cronies decided to visit the Craigville Inn. The rates were attractive – $25 per week including three delicious meals a day. We all wanted to live on the Cape when the war was over. Today, we still get to the Cape each summer with our wives and families and we still recall the delicious blueberry pancakes!

Joseph B. Truesch

Verona, NJ

By the time we celebrated our first 10 years, we had become a regular part of our readers’ lives:

I need two issues to complete my collection of Cape Cod Life –I need Summer 1985 (someone borrowed and didn’t return it) and I need the first issue – guess I wasn’t aware of Cape Cod Life until I bought the second issue.

Virginia A. Holzbaur

Lewistown, MD

Julie Craven Wagner

Julie Craven Wagner began her experience with Cape Cod Life in 2010 when she joined the sales team after 10 years of working with local businesses on the Cape and Islands with WMVY. In addition to sales, she is the Associate Publisher/Editor of Cape Cod LIFE, Cape Cod HOME, and Cape Cod ART. Growing up on the Outer Cape has given her a unique perspective of life on Cape Cod, from tip to bridge, and that is reflected in her appreciation and presentation of stories found within the pages of our publications. Julie lives in North Falmouth with her husband, Eric, and their yellow lab, Enzo. When she finds free time, she enjoys her Cape Cod life sailing on Buzzards Bay, spending time on the beach in Wellfleet, or exploring Martha’s Vineyard.