Randy Shulman writes in the 20th anniversary issue of Metro Weekly:
It seems just like yesterday.
Running around frantically in my tiny apartment at the corner of 17th and T Streets, scrambling to get the very first issue of Metro Arts & Entertainment Weekly written and to the printer. I don't have clear, detailed memories of it, apart from recalling that pages were laid out in PageMaker on a monochrome IBM computer (floppy disks!), printed out on a cheap black and white laser printer, and then pasted onto templates through the aid of a hot-glue gun. The pages were then bound into a loose-leaf three-ring binder -- "the book," as it came to be known -- which was then raced to the printer by car and handed off, relay style, to the camera department. From there, I always said, "It's in God's hands." God, in this case, being the printing press, which would not break down and create a distribution delay. God forbid.
I remember franticness. Followed by relief. Followed by exhilaration. Followed by a lot of celebratory alcohol. Followed by a hangover. Rinse and repeat.
In the ensuing years the changes came. Many changes -- to the name, to the logo, to the format, to the way we submitted our files to the printer, to the staff -- and through them all we've remained consistent to our mission to create a magazine -- and a website -- that speaks to the LGBT community, locally and beyond, in a literate, interesting and, whenever possible, unique way. A magazine that covers things that are more than just LGBT-oriented, because as LGBT people, we are interested in things beyond our own microcosm.
Follow the above link for the rest. Congrats to Randy and the staff at Metro Weekly on their 20th anniversary. I am proud to be on their masthead as a contributing writer.