As THE TEENAGER TODAY (originally THE TEENAGER) prepares itself to celebrate a very important moment in its long history — 55 years of uninterrupted publication — it is but fitting that we briefly remember with gratitude some of those who worked hard to bring the magazine to its present shape.
I consider this my duty as someone who has been associated with THE TEENAGER almost from its baby years, and have known all of the above for years, besides being its Editor for long 17 years before being called to assume this responsibility again, a third time, in June this year.
Fr Maurus Ferrero and Fr Aloysius G. Rego (of happy memory) were not only the Founders of the magazine, but also its first team of Editors. It was Maurus Ferrero (J. Maurus) who originally thought of a magazine that will connect the youth of the country under one umbrella. While he remained the publisher of the magazine, he needed someone who would professionally handle the content and language. A well-known educator and head of the prestigious institution (St Joseph’s High School, Allahabad), besides being an excellent organiser, Aloysius Rego was found to be the best choice.
They managed the magazine very ably in its early years. But as men of wisdom, they thought it important to hand over the batten well on time to someone younger and equally qualified. The choice fell on Mark Fonseca who had just returned to India, after completing his studies in Italy. It was he who introduced me to THE TEENAGER, and guided me through the years.
After nearly four years, Thomas Cheruvil took over as the new editor, and he continued in office for almost 10 years. Thomas Cheruvil brought in many changes to the magazine, both in its content and size, besides making all efforts possible to reach out to more teenagers across the country. May his soul rest in peace!
Among those who succeeded Thomas Cheruvil, who deserve a special mention here are: Abraham Nedumpuram, Sebastian Puthupally, Joe Eruppakkatt, Joby Mathew (presently publisher of the magazine), Joshy Joseph, John Gilbert, and all those who served for shorter terms as Editors, Associate Editors, and long-term contributors. THE TEENAGER TODAY is greatly indebted to all of them, at this special moment of its history.
Alfonso Elengikal, SSP, has the unique distinction of being the longest-serving editor of The Teenager Today, an office he held for over 17 years. He is the bestselling author of You Can Make A Difference, You Are Destined For The Skies, Let The Real You Stand Up! and Discover The Hero Within You published by Better Yourself Books.