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Liberty Press reaches 18 year milestone.

I wish I had a Pizza Hut story 1 to tell. One of how I started this business 18 years ago and it flourished into a multi-million dollar company.

But I don't.

It's been a struggle. It always has and I imagine it always will. Oh sure, there are months when it's not. But even after 18 years the bottom line is tenuous.


There have been numerous people who have stepped in to help over the years. Vinnie and I always referred to them as angels because sometimes they came from the oddest places at the oddest times. We believed it was the Goddess' way of telling us we were still doing the right thing.

A friend once said that I had made an art out of living on a shoestring.

However, I have an infallible belief that there is always a way to get things done. I believed it when I was in charge of Wichita Pride. I believed it when I started the paper and most recently, I believed it when it was too expensive to bring the Kinsey Sicks to Wichita.

I don't give myself enough credit for that belief and it has just occurred to me recently that I have it at all. I love to make things happen. I believe there are enough good people (see above!) out there that when brought together for a cause, magic happens. I physically feel the synergy. It's so exciting to me.

I started the paper in 1994 because I felt like there was so much going on in the community at the time and no one knew about it. There wasn't any way to let people know.

Remember, this was before the interne. (Gasp!) People used to snail mail me columns and I would re-typeset them. We pasted ads on printed out sheets with a glue stick. Vinnie cut out where the color was supposed to print with an Xacto knife. We left black boxes where pictures went on a page and the photographs had to be sized and shot again with a camera at the printer. Heck, film had to be developed!

Wow, I feel like I belong in a museum.

The paper has made it to 18. Unbelievable. I still wish I had a Pizza Hut story. But I've never been a very good cook anyway.

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Author:Parker, Kristi
Publication:Liberty Press
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2012
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