Mothers at War / Who is Connie Rodd?

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?

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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!

3 thoughts on “Mothers at War / Who is Connie Rodd?”

  1. Famous comic book artist Will Eisner was responsible for Connie and her friends. I have noticed that since the 70’s Connie while still around has cut back on the revealing clothing and jokes with dual meanings. Damn you Army! Way to ruin a good thing.

  2. The editorial offices of PS are at Redstone Arsenal where I work (Roamy is also here, at the tenant NASA installation). I visited them one day; they are a super bunch of people with a great awareness of the history of the publication, and the great comic artists that have worked on the magazine (not only Will Eisner, but Mike Ploog, Murphy Anderson, and currentl, Joe Kubert (mostly his studio)).

  3. Somebody said the Army doesn’t have much of a sense of humor. That may be the problem here, but the “caring for others” PC nonsense probably plays a much larger role. With the passing of DADT, that may end as the females of a certain persuasion may like such things.

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