For the generations of PS Magazine readers, this question garners many answers. The simple answer is that Connie was, and continues to be, a fixture of wisdom for readers of PS. She interjects safety reminders and requirements throughout the pocketsize magazine while providing valuable information at key moments in the maintenance narrative. Connie is the voice of reason, the gentle prompt, the (fantastic) drill sergeant in your head. But this description is, perhaps, too simple and too ignorant of Connie’s original purpose in PS and fails to explain her inevitable evolution from the inaugural issue in 1951 to the latest digital issue. As PS Magazine celebrates 60 years of preventative maintenance, we have to ask, who is Connie Rodd? A sexy piece of eye candy? A trusty civilian side-kick? Or some amalgamation of the two?
Via The Castle
Let’s face it. Technical manuals are pretty dull. Getting troops to read and fully grasp all the information in them has long been a challenge. But properly using and servicing all the equipment in the Army has always been critical to mission success. So the Army, in 1951, came up with a monthly publication in comic format that passed on the most useful tips for troops.
I read every issue of PS magazine I could get my hands on. Some stuff, I read because it related directly to equipment I worked on, such as the VRC-12 series of radios. Other articles I read just because I was always fascinated by the incredibly diverse range of equipment the Army used.
Finally, I read a lot of articles because Connie was hawt!