On November 2, the Korean series, the championship play-offs for the Korean pro Baseball organization (KBO), came to an end. The Samsung Lions won the laurel, and the SK Wyverns accepted their defeat with grace. It was a real humdinger of a series, still personally, I felt sorry for the Lotte Giants who lost to the SK Wyverns in the earlier play-offs.
Since the political era of president Chun Doo-hwan, Koreans have been enthused about sports. This month’s cover story shows how pro sports in Korea remedied our grievances against the reality including economic situations and politics. The special Feature article introduces motorsports and the career section presents interesting jobs in the sports world. Furthermore, The Granite Tower (GT)’s photo division visited the International street dance Festival to capture in pictures of an unconventional sport. This issue’s student Life piece informs Korea University (KU) students of two sports clubs on campus; the KU rowing team and KU Fencing Club (KUFC).
The Food section is a special article for this issue, replacing the usual column article. Wandering around Seoul, several GT reporters hunted for representative foods of the eight provinces of Korea. I recommend that our readers to take their pick and enjoy them before the shivering cold comes.
Editing this issue reminded me of the column article that I wrote for last year’s October issue. It was a piece retracing the history of the KBO. I read down to the foot of each page, noticing the many mistakes and GT style errors. Embarrassment came over me, but at the same time, I was glad that I have progressed enough to see my earlier errors. I would like to express my gratitude to all the former editor-in-chiefs and associate editors for helping me to grow as a reporter and editor. I also give my thanks to all the current reporters and readers who always motivate me to strive for publishing better and better issues and articles.
I am confident that GT and its staff have climbed one more step through this issue. Only one issue is left. Let’s hold out to the end!