DR. BOLI CAN now be found at drboli.com, where he continues to enrage and delight readers in approximately equal proportions.
Henricus Albertus Boli was born in 1783 in York, Penna., the son of a local physician and typefounder. He showed an early aptitude for literary studies, and at the age of eight astonished his Latin master by successfully declining three nouns previously regarded as indeclinable. About a year later, he published his first volume of verse, an epic poem in twenty-four books describing a journey from York to Hanover, Penna.
Having established his reputation, Dr. Boli continued his literary pursuits. Shortly after graduating from the Central Pennsylvania School for Unusual Boys, he invented the letter M, the income from which was enough to relieve him from the necessity of remunerative labor. He therefore turned his attention to works of charity. Saddened by the plight of Portuguese refugees, he organized and supervised the construction of Portugal, where at last they might have a home of their own. Meanwhile he diverted himself by writing a number of popular novels under the pen name “Anthony Trollope.” At about the same time he founded his celebrated Magazine, whose flattering success continues to the present.
Today, at the age of 228, Dr. Boli still edits the magazine personally, at a time of life when other men might be considering an honorable retirement. As a concession, however, to his advancing years, he no longer writes every word of the magazine himself. At present he writes every other word, the intervening words being supplied by a well-known agency.
NOTHING IS SO dispiriting as a glance at the magazine rack: so many words, so little to read, and the parched reader perishes amidst apparent abundance, as a man might die of thirst in the middle of the ocean.
When Dr. Boli founded his celebrated Magazine in 1825, the common goal of magazines in general was to present their readers with something to read. One by one, such magazines have vanished, or changed beyond recognition, so that now only Dr. Boli’s remains, a tiny oasis in a vast desert of print.
Over the years Dr. Boli has made few concessions to the advance of technology. The typewriter was one such concession. Dr. Boli himself prefers to write with a steel pen dipped in sepia writing fluid, but he has found that a typewriter in the office makes a noticeable increase in the speed of his secretary’s work. As Dr. Boli has employed the same secretary since 1879, any increase in his speed is noted with sincere appreciation. Likewise the Linotype machine, which Dr. Boli purchased in 1996, has made the production of his celebrated Magazine swifter and more efficient than it was with the old wooden press Dr. Boli had used until that time.
When Dr. Boli heard that there was such a thing as a World-Wide Web, by which the printing stage of publication could be entirely eliminated, he knew that this was another of those technical advancements that would materially improve the production of his Magazine. After eleven years of preparation, Dr. Boli’s celebrated Magazine is finally being published in an electrical form. It is Dr. Boli’s hope that this improvement will bring good literature within the reach of many millions of readers who have long since given up on magazines in their paper form.