ith such a bounty of great features and
great writing in store for you this fall
issue, it’s hard to know where to begin!
Perhaps with the stars that shine
brightest—the young Bermudian men and
women in our annual Rising Stars feature.
The 2016 crop of up-and-coming profession-
als are 13 of Bermuda’s high achievers who are
making it in industries ranging from (re)insur-
ance, IT and finance to hospitality and architec-
ture. For these young, hard-working individuals,
the world may be their oyster but Bermuda holds the prize, and they are taking advantage of the
island’s unique status as a global business jurisdiction to show the world what they’ve got. We
celebrate their success and wish them good luck as they make their way to the top with passion,
drive and a commitment to their Bermuda home.
And speaking of stars, we are totally enamoured with Dr. Kim Dismont Robinson, Bermuda’s
folklife officer at the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs. Her dedication and
passion for preserving and promoting Bermuda’s culture is impressive, and with the myriad of
projects she spearheads, she still has unwavering energy and enthusiasm for helping Bermudians
develop in the arts, particularly in writing. If you don’t already know Kim, you’ll love meeting
her and learning her story, starting on page 49.
In this issue’s cover story, historian Duncan McDowall profiles the extraordinary life of William E. Meyer, a man who set sail as a young Prussian cabin boy in the late 1850s and landed in
Bermuda by chance in 1874. Meyer’s life journey would include his time as a sea captain, a corporal in the American Civil War cavalry, a prisoner of war, an engineer building the Brooklyn
Bridge and finally a shipping broker and businessman who would go on to lay the foundations
for one of Bermuda’s most established, home-grown conglomerates, Meyer Group of Companies. An extraordinary
Long-time readers of The Bermudian may remember
contributor James A. Ziral from his numerous pieces in the
1990s. Recently we caught up with James—who now lives in
Canada—and were impressed with his most recent work, an
original look at Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol which
underscores how completely the classic tale reflects the hardship and desperation in the lives of the working poor in Victorian England. We are delighted to print part one of James’
essay in this issue, but will have to leave you
hanging till December for the timely ending
in part two.
Stay tuned—and enjoy a plethora of brilliance in this fall issue!
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Volume LXXXV Number 3
Publisher and Editor
Elizabeth Jones, Charles Doyle, James
A. Ziral, Dr. Duncan McDowall, W. C.
Stevenson, Robert L. Koenig, Scott
Tucker, Ann Spurling, Two & Quarter
Photography, Nina Cotterill, Earl A.
Jones, Christine Watlington, Winifred
Blackmore, Dana Cooper
William D. Richardson 1930-31
Ronald J. Williams 1931-41
Arthur M. Purcell 1942-49
Ronald J. Williams 1950-76
Dinah J. Darby 1977-86
Kevin Stevenson 1987-94
Rosemary Jones 1994-99
Meredith Ebbin 1999-2003
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