As the Lake Norman community began to grow, especially during the 1990s, Lake Norman Magazine grew along with it. Below, some of the magazine’s former editors, writers and photographers reminisce about their favorite stories and experiences during their time with the magazine.
Kim Butler started working at the magazine in 1987 as a proofreader and over the years did everything from ad sales to graphic design. She served as editor from 1995 to 2000. “We grew that magazine,” says Butler, who now lives in West Virginia. “We lived and breathed it. It was a very important part of my life.” One of her most memorable experiences with the magazine was covering Hurricane Hugo, which hit the Lake Norman area in Sept. 1989. “It was one of the most awestruck moments of my life. I went to the office the day after the hurricane and boats were piled up like toys in the harbor. I had never seen damage like that. We sent everybody out to take pictures and talk to people. It took months before things got back to normal. It was a very emotional time and my most vivid memory at the magazine.”
Richard Rudisill worked at the magazine from 1998 until 2009, including stints as editor (from 2000 to 2006) and photographer. “When I was at the magazine, a lot of thought—sometimes too much thought—went into making the cover photos. Ironically, my favorite cover image was one that required no preplanning or effort at all. I was on my way to a shoot at Lake Norman State Park on a cold Saturday morning in December. As I crossed the Perth Road Bridge, steam was rising from the lake and off in the distance I could see a fisherman on his boat. I quickly pulled the car over, grabbed the camera out of the trunk, took a few shots and was back in the car within three minutes.”
Ann Wicker worked at the magazine from 1985 to 1989 as news editor and later contributed freelance stories for the magazine and in the mid-2000s wrote a monthly dining column. “Because the magazine is monthly and we couldn’t do breaking news, we tried to find other ways to address issues. For example, there was a series of break-ins at one point where the thieves were arriving by boat. They would take things from boats docked at private piers but they would also break into the houses. I met with some law enforcement folks, and we ran a story about how to better secure boats and improve security for both weekend lake places and full-time residences.”