Without distracting you by invoking the various professional athletes who wore that number (Hank Aaron, Reggie Jackson, John Riggins, Jerry West, Danny Ainge) or mentioning the 44th President of the United States (Mr. Barack Hussein Obama) or even the colorful fact that 44 is the number of Hanukkah candles in a standard box, let me point to the fall of 1974 when Relix debuted.
OK, technically, it was called Dead Relix, but that first issue appeared 44 years ago, featuring a tongue-in-cheek coverline dedication to “the world’s sneakiest tape collector—Tricky Dicky” (Richard Nixon resigned on Aug. 9, 1974 in the aftermath of allegations regarding his cover-up of the Watergate break-in, which he could not deny due to the results of the secret taping system he had installed in the Oval Office).
So to mark our 44 years of publication, we are celebrating 44 people, places and things that entertain and enthrall us (Technically 45, thanks to John Mayer’s Olympia SM3, but if we’re using 1974 as our starting point, then a typewriter is certainly a sound bonus.)
—Dean Budnick, Editor-in-Chief
The Relix 44 originally appears in the September 2018 issue of Relix. The full list will be rolled out on Relix.com throughout this fall and compiled below.