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I got edited out of Golf Digest

July 19, 2009
Ailsa Pub in Golf Digest (crop)

by erikrasmussen, on Flickr")Last April, I was contacted, via this blog, by the Art Director of Golf Digest, the most respected magazine related to golf. They were doing a story about a pub, The Ailsa Pub, that my friends and I had been to in Myrtle Beach, and wanted a copy of a photo of us gathered around a table. I was happy to provide such a photo for a chance to be published in such a prestigious periodical. Recently I have learned, from one of my very surprised friends, that my photo has, indeed, been used in the August 2009 edition of Golf Digest. My face, however, has been "selectively removed" by the artist.

The Original Photo

The Gang at the Ailsa

That's me in the blue there, the third on the right, you see. Notice where the lamp is relative to my head.

The Published Illustration

Ailsa Pub in Golf Digest (crop)

by erikrasmussen, on Flickr")

Not only did the illustrator leave my gorgeous head out of the picture, replacing me with a lamp shade, but he seriously uglified the rest of my companions. And what really gets my goat is that my beer made it into the magazine! Grrrr!!! (full page scan here)

I say most of this in jest, of course. I am still delighted that contact via this blog could result in drawings of my good friends (Jeff, Paul, Mike, Mark, Jacob, Al, and John) and my beer being published in a magazine. Very, very cool.