In December 1997, I joined JCK magazine and the JCK Shows. My first year on board has been an eventful one that I thoroughly enjoyed. Despite the doubts of naysayers about Reed Elsevier, JCK’s “new” parent corporation, the company has proved itself time and again to be wise and decisive about the challenges presented to JCK. By listening to the people on the firing line – Rick Bay, JCK’s publisher and group vice president, and Dennis MacDonald, senior vice president of Reed Exhibition Companies – and following their recommendations, the transition was very smooth indeed. Under Bay’s leadership, Debbie and George Holmes were persuaded to return to JCK during the transition that began in the fall of 1997.Senior editors Hedda Schupak, Russ Shor, and Bill Shuster did the lion’s share of the writing while George and Debbie wrote some, managed a lot, and hired strong new edit

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