"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times"...
It always sounds so sappy when somebody talks about the people they work with as a "family." When I look back on this Throwback Thursday, nothing could be more accurate about the Rangefinder Publishing family.
Although the experience of working together was hardly as lofty as Charles Dickens' Tale of Two Cities, we worked hard and played hard. And, in the process set some pretty amazing record-breakers for the magazine, once reaching 350+ pages in 2009, the WPPI convention hit attendance of 15,000+ one year along with the number of WPPI volunteers who became our extended family each year in Las Vegas.
Every year at Christmas time the "family" headed to a local restaurant in the area for an extended holiday luncheon. We did a "Secret Santa" exchange, laughed over the challenges of the past year and the upcoming convention, just a few months away and in general, just hung out for the afternoon. This particular year we headed over to a place on the water in Marina Del Rey.
The two images at the top are of Bill Hurter and Marlene Gourlay. Both have passed away in the last few years, but nothing changes the memories or the honor of having worked with both of them.
Gennie Kiuchi on the right is still on the masthead for Rangefinder Magazine as the Production Manager and is one of the most talented production designers I've ever worked with. In 2005 we were still putting the magazine together manually, page by page, moving ads and editorial around on two walls of magnets in the production department.
While I don't have pictures of everybody that year at the holiday party, it doesn't change the pure fun of looking back and being amazed at what this "Dream Team" accomplished year after year!
So, it's Throwback Thursday and whether you share your memories on your blog or not, take the time to wander through an old album, file or shoebox! As you look through those old photographs pay attention to the power each one has to send you on a voyage through time and as I've shared so many times in other posts...
"This is what I like about photographs.
They're proof that once, even if just for a heartbeat, everything was perfect."
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