The magazine, which in its rare self-indulgent moments sounds like an outdated consciousness-raising session, also offers practical advice. Matters discussed to date include how to make investment decisions, how to decide whether to buy or rent a house, how to guard one's privacy by shunning personalized license plates and bank checks imprinted with one's home address and how to survive after baseball.
Simmons is somewhat disappointed that so few wives have contributed articles. She's also concerned about the lack of subscription interest among the nearly 500 major league wives. "I need 400 subscribers to break even," says Simmons, who spends $4,000 per issue on printing, typesetting, photography and postage. "Issue by issue, we're trying to stay above water." Nonetheless, she expects to be publishing for at least another year. The latest issue will be out at the end of this month.
So far, Simmons has elected not to broaden her focus to all professional sports, but nonetheless has two subscribers who are married to NFL players. A one-year subscription costs $40 and is available from The Waiting Room, P.O. Box 7, Chesterfield, Mo. 63017.