"Living in Sacramento was like living in a B movie," says SI's prodigal daughter and newest associate editor, Susie Kamb, who left us six years ago for The Sacramento (what else?) Bee. Assistant Editor Vick Boughton, who came to us from Working Woman, goes further: "My whole life has been a B movie."
Under the direction of Senior Editor Linda Verigan, Kamb and Boughton acquire and edit the features that, despite not appearing on the magazine's marquee, have something of a cult following among our readership. These are the stories, some of which appear only regionally, in the very front and the back of the magazine that pertain to subjects as diverse as sports medicine and childhood reminiscences.
Kamb began where a lot of movies do, in Malibu. Her family's beach house served as a set for The Valley of the Dolls. "But what I wanted to be was a cowgirl," says Kamb, who used to play with the daughters of neighbor Sam Peckinpah. Instead, she excelled at tennis, never losing a doubles match in three years at Santa Monica High. Later, at UCLA, the 4'11½"—"the half counts," she insists—mini-Kamb, a photographer for the campus daily, snapped a poolside shot of the 6'11" Bill Walton for SI, the recalcitrant Bruin center having refused to pose for our regular photographers. Upon graduation, she signed on with us as a full-time reporter and remained for two years before heading to Sacramento. After 5½ years at The Bee, Kamb took a supporting role, sports copy editor, at The Washington Post before returning to us in October.
Boughton grew up on Long Island, but her interest in sports blossomed in college, where her roommate was a Phil Esposito fan who had come to Wellesley all the way from Indiana to be closer to her idol. During Boston Bruin games, the roomie would plant herself firmly in front of the TV set in a jersey bearing Espo's number and do needlepoint. "I watched every Bruins game that season," recalls Boughton, who thereby came to love the game.
Her other passions range from cruising in her 1971 lime-green Cutlass convertible to taking in trash films. She has a special fondness for John Waters' freakishly camp scratch-and-sniff junk epic Polyester. The hero is Todd Tomorrow, played by Tab Hunter—the same Tab Hunter who used to film his TV show in Kamb's living room.
Before joining the cast of Working Woman, Boughton appeared as a Yank at Oxford (reading ethnology) and was a literary publicist in New York. One of her firm's biggest clients was Arthur Herzog, author of The Swarm and Orca. Guess what kind of movies they got made into?
NEW EDITORS BOUGHTON (LEFT) AND KAMB: OUR TAB HUNTER CONNECTION