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Editor’s Letter: A Man of Nearly Unlimited Interests

Kevin Kaminski, Lifestyle Group Editor, was an honor to the profession of journalism.

In 2020, I got this job because of Kevin Kaminski. He didn’t hire me, but had we not found each other on LinkedIn, I would not have become the editor of SFBW.

We had different backgrounds. Kevin was born in Ohio, but made his mark in Florida, first as a history major at the University of Florida (I remember telling someone that within ten seconds of meeting Kevin, you knew he’d aced college), and then, since 2001, as the editor of a series of award-winning South Florida magazines, ending in Lifestyle, our sister publication group. He held the job for nearly eight years.

Kevin was a fixture in Florida publishing, a board member for more than a decade on the Florida Magazine Association, including a three-year term (2011-2014) as president. To us, he was the tall, bespectacled, brainy guy—a quick wit in a flannel shirt. An earnest intellect with either a perfect haircut or a baseball cap. No in-between.

Though my background was mostly in New York and West Coast publications and his résumé was Florida-based, we were of the same tribe. We shared articles in our respective publications (which is why you may have noticed his byline here), for a while we shared an office, and we told each other stories about our common interests—film, theater, music.

Joan Didion once wrote that a writer is “a person whose most absorbed and passionate hours are spent arranging words on pieces of paper.” That was Kevin. During one of our last conversations, I told him that there was an article making its way around the office that he couldn’t possibly have written because the em dashes were improperly spaced. (It was true; it wasn’t his work.) He laughed and said, “We’re getting into the weeds of em dashes?!” He was teasing me, but also kind of tickled. That’s what I mean when I say that we were of the same tribe.

In what was truly a blessing, just months before he died, Kevin went on a family trip to Europe. One stop was Dublin. He’d visited a library, and he wrote to me that he’d witnessed “the process of restoring 500-year-old books with this small, pen-shaped vacuum that oh-so carefully removes the dust. Fascinating process. But it takes years to complete.” His interests were more varied that most people’s, even than those of most writers. He wrote about sports and gastronomy, the arts and community; and he gave Lifestyle its moral compass, with articles about mental health, pernicious anti-LGBTQ rhetoric, the scourges of homelessness and growing antisemitism.

But I can’t help but love that the last story he told me was about being entranced by those age-old Irish books, and his ability to project himself into the future where there was still a history to safeguard, dust to be wiped away, a job to be done and stories to preserve—and share.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky

Editor-in-Chief

BIOGRAPHY

Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.