Ashenhurst), the essence of
CACM did not change that
much under my editorship. It
was still predominantly a refereed
research publication—a tradition
that was significant to the
research community who
strongly resisted any change to
widen the appeal of CACM.
The growing and broader
membership of ACM was, however, not happy. They did not see
why they should receive each
month for their dues a publication
that many could barely understand if at all. The Publications
Board (by then I had taken over as
Chair; while Bob Ashenhurst ably
took over as CACM EIC) felt that
a more strategic approach was
needed to set the future direction
for ACM’s publications.
We formed a committee, the
refuge of all desperate chairs—
the Publications Planning Committee (PPC) with representation
from many different constituen-cies. 1 The PPC took a top-down
approach. First step: obtain broad
agreement on the strategic purposes of ACM’s publications.
Second step: fill in the details.
Covers were not the issue!
After months of tortuous
deliberation, the PPC produced
the Long-Range Conceptual
Framework for ACM Publications (quite a mouthful!), or
LRCF, as a broad policy document. Fundamental to the policy
(A) JANUARY 1971 (BEFORE);
(B) FEBRUARY 1971 (AFTER)
1I served as Chair of the committee, which included Bob Ashenhurst, Dick Canning, Ray Miller, Christine
Montgomery, Joel Moses, Tom Murray, Jean Sammet, and Evelyn Swan.