Robert P. Wilkins, Editor
Lexington, SC, lawyer Bob Wilkins founded Sandlapper
on the floor of his living room in 1968 because he believed
South Carolina needed a positive voice to tell the story of the state - past,
present and future. A former chair of the American Bar Association's Law
Practice Management Section, he served as the founding editor of that section's
magazine, Law Practice Management; he also was founding editor of
Probate & Property, the magazine of the Probate & Property
Section of the ABA, and founding editor of the South Carolina Bar
Journal. Presently, in addition to editing Sandlapper
Magazine and practicing law, Bob edits four law-related newsletters:
The Lawyer's PC, The Perfect Lawyer, HotDocs Toolbox
and Mediator's Toolbox. (For details about these periodicals, please
click here to visit the RPW Publishing
Corp. Web site.) And he literally "wrote the book" on estate planning; his
Drafting Wills & Trust Agreements: A Systems Approach is used
by estate planning lawyers throughout America and is widely regarded as the
ultimate estate planning reference.
But Bob loves other things in life besides lawyering and editing.
You'll often find him sweating up a storm in volleyball matches and plying
the waters of Lake Murray, SC, with his wife Rose, a member of the Board
of Directors of Sandlapper Society, Inc. They love to travel, and Bob is
a capable photographer who also enjoys college and professional sports and
the arts. As Irene Neuffer, longtime onomatological columnist for
Sandlapper Magazine, would say, Bob Wilkins is South Carolina's "chiefest
promoter," bar none. You can send Bob an e-mail message by
Dan Harmon, Managing Editor & Art Director
When he's not immersed in assembling the next issue of
Sandlapper or The Lawyer's PC at a computer keyboard, Dan might
be found tuning one of his bouzoukis or citterns for a performance of traditional
folk music at some obscure restaurant or pub. With a passion for history
and the music that puts it in context, he has performed in eight states and
has appeared on various regional TV and radio programs. In his free time
Hornpipe, an Internet magazine devoted to folk music in the South,
he currently is authoring two clean joke books, scheduled for Autumn 1996
Dan has written and edited on a freelance basis for a number of
national and regional periodicals. His proudest journalistic accomplishment
was writing a history article about Harry Houdini for The New York Times
- and not receiving any irate correction letters!
Aïda Rogers, Assistant Editor &
Whenever we want to assign The Ultimate Writer to any proposed
article topic that crosses our editorial desks, we turn to Aïda. She
is the best, period. She dines more giftedly than most ministers pray (reference
any of her "Stop Where the Parking Lot's Full" columns), and she reports
on a given subject by putting the reader right there, capturing the
scene or the interviewee as no other writer can. Her regular photo-essays
about towns in South Carolina have drawn more response (virtually all of
it favorable) than any other feature in the magazine. She's also a veteran
editor of Shepard's Elder Care/Law Newsletter.
What does this woman do to unwind? Reads voraciously, follows
the arts and current events, practices yoga and aerobics, and otherwise lives
slothfully on Lake Murray with her husband Dicky Trotter. To unwind in
the office, she shreiks frequently.
Joey Frazier, Editorial & Production
Joey began work six years ago as our Jack of All Trades and
has evolved into the role of Master of All Trades. He writes regularly for
the magazine, takes photos (his passion) and still fulfills his original
task: physically "pasting up" the pages before each issue of
Sandlapper goes to the printer. He's also our chief technical problem
solver, for we've discovered (probably to his chagrin) that Joey is more
knowledgeable about computers, generally, than anyone else in the office.
tend to take advantage of that.)
Apart from his Sandlapper duties, Joey is the managing
editor of two RPW Publishing Corp. newsletters: The Perfect Lawyer
and HotDocs Toolbox. An avid outdoorsman (Havilah Babcock is his
idol), he knows his way around the dove fields and bream ponds of South Carolina.
Whenever we need an outdoors article, he's our writer of choice.
Dolly Patton, Executive Director, Sandlapper Society
The big news with Dolly is that she is a new mommy. She had a beautiful daughter in September. (One more faithful sandlapper and a future mail room volunteer.
. . . YAAAAY, Dolly & Brian!) She and Brian are in the process
of restoring a gorgeous home in Columbia.
Dolly came aboard when Sandlapper Society, Inc., was organized
in December 1994, and she has done a splendid job promoting the society and
managing business details. Society membership has tripled under her direction
from the magazine's subscriber base two years ago. She's the most "visible"
staffer, appearing regularly at tourism, beautification and other civic events
around the state.
Before joining us, she taught school, worked for the SC Department
of Parks, Recreation & Tourism and was a tour guide at Walt Disney World's
Epcot Center in Florida. A former beauty queen, she's won numerous awards
for her work in recycling and her civic involvement. Among other roles,
she chairs the Schools Committee of the SC Keep America Beautiful Board of
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