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Editor in Chief / Publisher

Data Architecture


Russell Brendel




Webmaster - ex facto

Nancy Lucas

Doug Hall

Chris Cox

Casey Bearsch




College of Charleston

Savannah College of Art & Design





Creative Contributors


Richard Brendel, Pierre Manigault,, Brownie Harris, Neil Stevenson, Andy Anderson, Jack Alterman, John Sutcliffe, Joshua Baer, Frank O'Neill,  Casey Bearsch, Nancy Lucas, Doug Hall,  Peter Frank Edwards, Vanessa Kauffmann,  Chris Wyatt, George Hill, Steven Hyatt, Currie McCullough, William McCullough, Gibbes Museum, Angela Mack, Virgina Jones, Jimmy Hart, Charles Hiott,




Legal Contributors

Chris Wyatt, Jack Cordray, Jerry Meehan, John Kachmarsky.

Chris Wyatt

Wyatt Law Firm Pa

6 Charlotte Street,

Charleston, SC 29401  843-723 - 4390

Jack Cordray

Cordray Law Firm

40 Calhoun Street

Charleston, SC 29401  843-577 - 9761

Jerry Meehan,

Crantford Meehan

568 Savannah Hwy

Charleston, SC 29407  843-376 - 4030

John Kachmarsky,

Law Office of John Kachmarsky

171 Church Street

Charleston, SC 29401  843-720 - 3724



Boeing Communications Seattle, Boeing Communications Charleston, Adobe Mountain View, Adobe New Delhi, G Suites, Gibbes Museum, College of Charleston, Tommy & Victoria Baker, Kathryn Wall, John Doyle & Associates New York, Christopher Wilson, Charles Henry Wilson IV, Lloyd Wilson & Associates Birmingham,  Sherry Wilson, Pat Richburg, Robert Edward Turner IV, Rhett  Turner, Angela Della Costanza,  Will Rodgers & Ann Yancy, Mike Bennett, Bennett Hospitality, Melissa Pence, Amy Bennett, Angela Mack, Hank & Susan Hofford, Caroline Ragsdale Poston, Bubber Jenkinson, Kate McCullough, George Hill, Amy Peterkin, Buddy Darby, Jimmy Hart, Mindy Allen, Megan Holmes, Heidi Herrington, Hall Family, Scott Watson, Maura Hogan, Kathleen Rivers, SuSu Ravenel, Nigel Redden, Christina Hewson,  Jan Allen, Winston Groom, Caroline McCoy, Jack Schaeffer, Robert Gross, Ben Long, Angus Long, Taillefer Long, Dick Reed, Kim Graham Smith, Billy Brown, Frank Stitt, Jennifer Aday, Ryan Aday, Lynn Letson, Gates Shaw, Amasa Smith, Jane Smith Turner, Jack Schaeffer, Mark Pamar, Harvey Harris, Rebekah Stewart, Renee Stewart, Cheryl Steadman, Paul Steadman, Michael & Nancy Carmody, Megan Holmes, Amy Peterkin, Jenny Bevan, Christopher Liberatos, Brianna Stello, Sumit Boaz, Andres Duany, Dave Jodock, Helena & West Fraser, Sallie & Charles Duell, David Boatright, Molly B. Right, Joanie Lucas, John Sutcliffe, Sutcliffe Vinyards, Brix Restaurant, Heather Green, Josuha Baer, Reggie Gibson, Mary Ellen Gibson, Sue Thornton, Adrian Chanler, Lucinda Hahn, Pierre Manigault, Heidi Herrington, Jaimey Easler, Jenny Fant, Bryan Hunter, Reece Williams, Marion Jackson, Susan Jackson, Mary Hunter & Lawton Jackson, Betsy Fleming, Megan Stocker Headley, Chalmers Poston, John & Nancy Lucas, Brianna Stello, Janet Phillips, Brownie Harris, Michael Eastman, Jack Alterman, Andy Anderson, Steven Hyatt, Peter Frank Edwards, Cyrus Buffum, Lauren Strain, Charles Hiott, Gus Smyth, Ned Brown, Gately Williams, Shannon Hall, Mindy Allen, Neil Stevenson, Stevenson Family, John Hofmeister, Kelly Sandler, Susan Kridler, Lisette Voute,,

Greg Flynn, Raphael Jones, John Doyle, William Price Fox, Ted Phillips, Pug Ravenel, John Kruse, Doug Marlette, Pat Conroy, Soloman Blatt Jr, Jack McCray,



Founding Editor in Chief/Publisher

VIEW magazine

1985 - Charleston, S.C.

View Magazine was published from 1985 until 1989 in Charleston, South Carolina. The last issue of View was published right before Hurricane Hugo.  View was a lifestyle magazine with the romance of Charleston as the backdrop and enjoyed success. The View offices at the Charleston City Marina were ravaged by Hurricane Hugo as was all of Charleston. There was a 34 foot sailboat laying on it's side on Lockwood Boulevard in front of the office the day after the storm and a slate roof tile stuck in the wooden door jam next to the door knob at the office at the Charleston City Marina. VIEW magazine will be brought back to life with the launch of Charleston the Manual twenty eight years from it's last issue.


Covers above - left -year one Volume I Number Four - middle - year four Vol. 4 Number 15  - right - year four Vol. 4 Number 18 - the May- June 1989 was the final issue before the magazine was sold with John Doyle's Mosquito Fleet painting on the cover.  There was one more issue in July of 1989. #19. It was mediocre sadly with the new staff and partners. The Library Society on King Street supposedly (had) a full set of the issues prior to the hurricane.

Founding Editor in Chief

Legends magazine

1989 Charleston, S.C.

Legends magazine is published today and it is now in it's 28th year.  www.kiawahlegends.com   Legends was created after Hurricane Hugo in 1989 to promote Kiawah Island.  For the Premier Issue, Wilson went to Atlanta to shoot the cover in a studio as the island was so torn up. The island's owner at the time Charles Pinkney "Buddy" Darby III, was brilliant and had hired crews of talented people to work on the barrier island as the Category 4 Hurricane Hugo approached landfall. The morning after the storm, crews were busy removing downed trees and debris and architects and designers were also working on the land and the buildings.  In under two years the island was transformed and ready for the opening ceremonies of the PGA's premier international event, the 1991 Ryder Cup, that would be played on a new now world famous Pete Dye designed golf course  built after the great storm - The Kiawah Island Ocean Course


The magazine covers above - top left -Volume 1  #1,  The Island in the Stream still life - 70,000 copies were mailed to selective lists all over America - next, the cover for issue #3 with the opening of the 1991 Ryder Cup location, The Kiawah Island Ocean Course - walking out to the exciting end of the Ryder Cup match to #17 with Pete Dye he said to me that all of the millionaire star golfers hated him for making the Ocean Course so difficult and that they had been scowling at him for days. They hate to look bad on television he said. The Kiawah team all left the last day of the 91 Ryder Cup in great spirits having won the international event as the American team and to be walking around the restored barrier island 22 miles South of Charleston for the days and the international themed parties in the evenings were an unforgettable memory.

Cover Above:  Volume XX   Number I    2000

In 1999 Kiawah Resort Associates brought Wilson in to helm the 20th Anniversary Issue of Legends magazine. Buddy Darby and his son Charles P. Darby IV are now working together on their new development, Christophe Harbour, on Saint Kitts.  Saint Kitts became home to the first Caribbean British and French colonies in the mid-1620s. Along with the island nation of Nevis, Saint Kitts was a member of the British West Indies until gaining independence in 1983. The island is one of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles. Stunning Christophe Harbour is doing well, up and running after the storms of 2017 and it is assisting the other islands much the same as it has always done since the 17th Century.



Founding Editor in Chief / Publisher

House Calls magazine

1991 Charleston, S.C.

After two years of meetings with David McNair, the Director of the Roper Hospital Foundation and it's Board of Directors, House Calls was created and Gulfstream Communications established in 1991 with the titles, Legends magazine, Charleston Magazine and House Calls magazine. They all exist today and are in their 26th year, except for Legends that is in it's 28th year and it is now published in-house by the new owners of Kiawah. The cover above is House Calls Volume 1 Number 1 from 1991.

Editor / Publisher

Charleston magazine

Charleston, S.C.  1992

Founding Editor in Chief / Publisher


Medical University

of South Carolina

Charleston, S.C.  1994

Founding Editor in Chief / Publisher

Charleston Traveler

1995  Charleston, S.C.

Charleston Traveler was both a printed guide and a website  in the early days of the Internet. In 1999 it was enjoying 98,000 unique visitors a day. Published by Wilson Hill Publishing with the talented Associate Publisher George Hill.      The printed guide book sold out at locations throughout Charleston and will be brought back to life with the digital launching of Charleston The Manual.


Editor / Publisher

Festival Presentation Programs /Twentieth Anniversary

Spoleto Festival USA

1996  Charleston, S.C.

Each year Spoleto Festival USA would choose one individual to produce the presentation programs. 1996 was the year that the current Director of Spoleto, Nigel Redden,  returned to the helm of the wildly successful International Festival. 1996 was the Twentieth Anniversary of the Festival and with Redden's leadership, the festival is today a world class organization.

Founding Editor in Chief / Publisher


2003  Charleston, S.C.

Founding Editor in Chief

Garden & Gun  magazine

2004   Charleston, S.C.





The covers above - left - a later issue of the 7 years that I taught the Kiawah Island team to publish the magazine in house - On the right -  the 20th Anniversary Issue where I was at the helm. I was brought back in to give the magazine a needed new look and feel. In 2000 I stayed on as a consultant to Kiawah and in 2013 the island sold for an estimated 350 million dollars.   Legends won numerous awards throughout it's 28 years and still does to this day including the Gold Ink Award. At the time right after the anniversary issue Pierre Manigault and I were creating Garden & Gun in the summer of 2003 that would finally launch 3 years later in in the Spring of 2007.


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