A Special Anniversary

Ten years ago (Sept. 17, to be exact), a seismic event occurred at the JCK Publishing Group. That day, nearly 80 percent of the staff quit to form a competitive publication, leaving the remaining staffers stunned. The reasons for their departure had to do with new corporate ownership of JCK magazine and The JCK Show, and the way responsibilities for each would be divided. Many talented folks left that day—some of whom I count among my friends in the industry—and far be it from me to pass judgment on the decisions they made. I do know, however, that for those left behind, it was a truly challenging period. Rather than having the luxury of focusing on brainstorming and budgeting for the year ahead, they were faced with the need to restaff almost an entire magazine and keep a 128-year-old enterprise up and running. They (and their corporate bosses) rose valiantly to the challenge.

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