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Monday, February 19, 2018

Archive for the ‘Then and Now’ Category

Spellicy brothers: Big hearts and big dreams

Colin Spellicy, Griffin Spellicy, Raising Arizona Kids, RAK magazine, cover kids, then and now

Sixteen-year-old Colin Spellicy bounded past my front door with a bromeliad plant in his arms, its spiky, hot-pink blossom adding a festive touch to a day that was already feeling special. “This is for you!” Colin said as he handed me the plant. Then he gave me a big hug. “Do you remember being here […]

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THEN and NOW: Sarah Atim Okot

Sarah Atim Okot holds something of a record in Raising Arizona Kids history: She is the only person who has appeared on our cover as both a child and an adult. We first met her as Sarah Maurer in 1993, when she appeared on our November cover to raise awareness for the annual Christmas Card […]

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THEN and NOW: Bryant, Garrison and Lauren Mais

It was the fall of 2001 and 4-year-old Garrison Mais was sitting comfortably on his big sister’s lap in a red-painted train car at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale. Phoenix photographer Brad Reed captured the image of Garrison, his brother Bryant, then 12, and sister Lauren, then 13, that appeared on the cover of our […]

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Rachel and Jeff Geiser, 10 years later

The way Rachel Geiser remembers it, her mom dropped the news the night before. It was something like, “Oh, by the way, I entered you and your dad in this magazine cover contest and I won, so we’re going to a photo shoot tomorrow.” Rachel, then 8, took the news in stride. The next day, […]

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Teaching ballet is a “two-way magic wand”

Yen-Li Chen-Zhang was nearing the end of a 13-year career as prima ballerina with Ballet Arizona when she and her daughter, Emily, then 5, appeared on our February 2004 cover. RAK senior writer Lynn Trimble interviewed Chen-Zhang during the months leading up to that transition. Life was full—and often exhausting. As she juggled parenthood and […]

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THEN and NOW: Tiny “supermodel” is now a thoughtful “old soul”

Few people knew what was going on behind the scenes the day we photographed 2-year-old Annabelle Stern for our November 2003 cover. Her parents wanted it that way. This day was about Annabelle. About focusing on blessings, not fear. About living in the moment, not the “what ifs?” Annabelle looked like a princess with an […]

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THEN and NOW: Cochlear implants and “a lot of work” to overcome hearing loss

When Svetly brothers Joey, then almost 4, and Conner, 8 months, appeared on the cover of our February 1996 issue, their hearing aids were visible in the photo. Both boys were born severely hearing impaired. Eighteen years later—with the help of bilateral cochlear implants—their lives don’t appear impaired in any way. A cochlear implant is […]

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THEN and NOW: Heidi Foglesong

IN A MOTHER’S Day essay for our May 1994 magazine, Heidi Foglesong wrote about the “wake-up call” that changed her life. A year earlier, she had walked away from the limelight and left a lucrative, high-profile career as a news anchor at 3TV so she could focus more time and energy on her family. It […]

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THEN and NOW: Brenna Goth loves journalism

When Brenna Goth co-authored a short article about 16th-birthday parties for Raising Arizona Kids several years ago, a career in writing wasn’t on her radar. The Scottsdale teen was busy with school and viola practice. She had dreams of becoming a pediatrician. She studied French, thinking she would live in Paris one day. She graduated […]

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THEN and NOW: The Brose triplets

It’s easy to tell that the Brose fraternal triplets are related, though they sport different personal styles. They even work together, along with their older brother James, at Brose Brothers Productions. They build sets and design costumes and characters in the realm of steampunk, a sub-genre of science fiction rooted in 19th-century steam-powered technology. Who […]

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