Into the Sunset
What can I say as this company clocks out after serving you independents for 27 years? “Thanks for the memories?” Nah. “Best of luck?” Sure, but all you indies need more than luck to survive out there. “See you again down the road?” You can bet that won’t be happening! You will probably be hearing from Jerry Rabushka in some form or fashion in 2019, but it won’t be in these mags. As for me, I am outta here, riding off into the sunset to what hopefully will be the final job in my professional career. I’ll be working for one of the largest engineering firms in the world, doing Site Acquisition Management in the cellular industry, something I’ve been doing on and off for the last almost 20 years.
For Jerry, you have always been much more than a good employee. You have been, and will remain, a good friend! You have been my sounding board, my counselor, my cohort here as we tried so hard to make the best magazines we could afford to produce. You were my conscience when I wanted to put things in the magazine you knew we shouldn’t. You talked me off the ledge when there were manufacturers I wanted to bludgeon for not paying their bills, or who treated us extremely poorly, and you stood by me when we had really tough decisions to make here. You are the most talented individual I know, bar none. You have unlimited potential, whether it is in writing for this or another industry, recording music, playing live shows, acting in, writing, or directing your own award-winning plays, and whatever else you choose to do with your life. You are a “talent”, and the rewards will come your way. Thank you for being a huge part, probably the most important part, of this long strange trip!
Kathy Tongay-Carr, you are an incredible talent as well. No matter what we threw at you, no matter how hard it was to graphically produce what we needed from you, no matter how short the deadline, you answered every bell every time we rang you up. You too have been a great friend, who stood by us when things were at their darkest and you continued to produce the best graphics any trade publication could hope to have. I will enjoy my many memories of you (and your Mom!) and just want to say thank you for all you have ever done for us!
Sue Oden has done her time with us for almost eight years, and I thank you personally for all your hard work. You will always be a good friend of mine, and I wish you the very best in your future. You are the lady who faces daily some of the hardest living situations anyone can face. With your son, “Quint,” your daily struggles have only been compounded while working for us, and except for one measly really bad day, we never did not see a smile grace your face. No matter what life or this company would throw at you, you trudged on to meet every challenge head on. And thanks for being my “weird tacos” friend in Vegas when no one else wanted to give it a try! I have such strong admiration for you Susan, and I can only wish you the very best going forward.
Mike Smoot has only been with us a year, but it was a really bad year for us, and yet you still showed up for almost every meeting, ready to meet the challenges ahead and ready to help in any way you could. You came to us when we were at our lowest point, but yet you viewed your job here as a challenge you were willing to accept. Our friendship will continue, and not just on the golf course—but one day soon, I will beat you on the scorecard! FORE!
To our writers new and old, including Mark Lipton, his daughter Miranda, Josh Bohm, Erick Gatcomb, Chas Wolfson, and many others, thanks for putting up with me and Mug Pub Inc. Your strong efforts will never be forgotten, at least not by me.
Finally, Mom & Dad. While you are not here to see the end, I know you are up above looking down on us, happy in the knowledge that we are doing right here by sticking a fork in this thing. Dad bet his life on this magazine and it paid off in spades. He made a commitment to you independent dealers and he busted his butt to deliver for you!
Mom always had an encouraging word for us, and never let us get too down on ourselves when ad sales just stopped coming. I love you both and I’ll see you when I see you.
Thanks to all you readers for your unwavering loyalty to us. We know we helped many of you to be the best you can be, and I wish you all nothing but the best in the years to come.
That’s a wrap folks, catch you on the flipside. Peace Out!