In relation to the OP: I think that the internet is your friend with this. We are so connected these days that it is much easier for someone to have their story heard. YouTube, Twitter, Facebook (etc) are easy mediums to spread a story and I would think that any good story would attract a fair amount of listeners. It seems you have all the ingredients for an engaging narrative. You never know, another publication might be interested in the story?
I already have a home for the article gentlemen! I'm not sure if all of you know, but I've been writing since my early days at TAS (and for TAS a short time later, but not in a long time).
Also know that I have always accredited TAS with giving me my start. I've done so publicly in my articles ever since. Even in competing audio bibles!
And I will be telling this story, as stated previously, from my perspective as a young kid: Who believed in Harry so much (and I still do, despite his health issues) I got a group of friends
to rally behind me to help him. At one point I had one of my best friends running the mail-room at TAS (they didn't have anybody who would do it for nothin - but we were kids), and my
ex-girlfriend Antonia answering the phones! This was all while we worked for Pearson Publishing LTD (former parent company for TAS) - before Absolute Multimedia.
So this whole story takes place BEFORE the sale. When the mag was still artful in its presentation (small, digest-sized, with ANYTHING on the cover except straight up gear pix, per
Harry's wishes). He didn't want it to look like every other mag!
I also wanted to share with this thread that I just got Harry's blessing to do the piece!!
He thinks its a shame this story has never been told (how we dug the mag out of near collapse, literally - and made it sell-able).
My goal is also to draw the parallel between that story and what's happening here (where the demographic is generally younger than the TAS audience):
How youthful excitement energized Harry into keeping going, and he always told us that we "lifted him up". He's so fascinating. He'd give me and my friends
assignments! Either movies, or records, or gear. We'd have to take them home, and write about them. He was the first person to tell me I could be a writer.
He believed in me. And now, now that his magazine has turned 40 - and they left him out. Well, the fact that nobody has told the story of the little people who
saved that book - it's time!
I'm 1,000 words into it.
THANKS FOR ALL YOUR THOUGHTS AND SUPPORT!!!!
Keep em coming!
and I have NOTHING against TAS. Nothing.
They do their job.
This is mine.