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Jay Leno Named Contributing Editor At Popular Mechanics

28 January 1999

Jay Leno Named Contributing Editor At Popular Mechanics

    NEW YORK--Jan. 28, 1999--

    Tonight Show Host To Pen Bi-Monthly Column

    Heeeeeeere's Jay Leno...The King of late night "must-see" television is adding another gig to his already busy schedule. Leno was named contributing editor today of Popular Mechanics and will be turning his passion for cars and motorcycles into a bi-Monthly column for the top-rated men's magazine.
    The bi-Monthly column, "Jay Leno's Garage," will debut in the March 1999 issue, available on newsstands on February 9, 1999.
    In his column Jay will be talking about cars, motorcycles, collecting -- and "anything else that pops into his head!"
    "Jay's zest for cars and motorcycles make him the ideal choice to pen this new column for our magazine," said Joe Oldham, editor-in-chief, Popular Mechanics. "He knows firsthand what car enthusiasts are interested in and we're excited to learn from him on our pages. Funnyman Jay will be tackling a subject that is one of the highest-rated areas of interest to our readers. He also has his own unique perspective on current culture in general, and that will be part of his beat for Popular Mechanics."
    "Many people know how much I love my automobile and motorcycle collection. I'm looking forward to sharing my own experiences on the joy of cars, a favorite subject of mine," said Leno. "I hope to give readers a real inside look into what goes on in 'Jay Leno's Garage.'"
    Jay Leno is the host of the Emmy award-winning and top-rated "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." Over the past six years, Leno has created his own unique late-night style with a combination of humor, talk and entertainment.
    One of the country's premier comedians, Leno has appeared in hundreds of comedy shows around the United States during the past 20 years. He remains passionate about performing in front of live audiences and appears regularly in Las Vegas and on college campuses nationwide.
    Leno is the author of a book titled "Leading with My Chin," which was published by HarperCollins and hit the bookstores this past fall. He has also published four versions of "Headlines," a series of books and desk calendars featuring his favorite funny newspaper headlines, and "Police Blotter," a book with humorous newspaper clips concerning police stories. Proceeds from the book sales of "Headlines" and "Police Blotter" go to charities.
    Popular Mechanics is the original men's service magazine, and was the first publication to present mechanical and scientific material in a popular," easy-to-understand format. Under the guidance of Editor-in-Chief Joe Oldham, Popular Mechanics' editors drive, fly, dive, sail and product-test continually to bring readers the type of first-hand reporting they have come to rely on for nearly a century.
    Popular Mechanics is published by Hearst Magazines, a unit of The Hearst Corporation, the world's largest publisher of monthly magazines with 16 U.S. titles and 95 international editions distributed in more than 100 countries.