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IRMA began in a fishing boat in 1960 when two circulation managers from separate magazines, Gus Weiner of Down East and Peter Sykas of Vermont Life, decided to spend a day trading ideas to grow their magazines while enjoying their favorite pastime. Magazine secrets flowed between the two so freely, they decided to do it again the following year, and then the next. Other magazine professionals heard about the annual get-together and began to join them. Soon the boat was overloaded, so they decided it was time to meet on land.