This edition marks the 50th issue of InPark Magazine. I thought it might be interesting to look back on my editor’s comments from that first issue in 2004:
“Welcome to the inaugural issue of InPark Magazine. This publication was born out of the desire to see the amusement industry grow and prosper. We vow to achieve this by illustrating what impact new attractions, industry practices and products have on your Guests INside the PARK.
We want to bring you that critical perspective from your Guests – to show you not only what is new in the industry, but how it will affect your Guests, and ultimately your revenue.
Furthermore, we want to do this in a community-based setting. In other words, we want to hear from you! We want your suggestions, ideas, and questions so that we can help you operate and function more effectively.
Finally, we want to do all of this in a fun and playful manner. We do, after all, work in the amusement industry and thrive on an environment that is unique, exciting and just plain fun.
InPark Magazine’s format might be a little different than what you are used to. Each issue has a central theme around which most of the articles will revolve.
So, please enjoy our premiere issue! And send me an email with your comments and criticisms. I look forward to hearing from you!”
We’ve come a long way since then, although this is still the basis on which we craft each issue of InPark. And I still want to hear from you on how we are doing.
On this 50th issue, it’s important to thank those who were instrumental in bringing that first issue to life:
Damian Christianson, Vince Christy, Jason Paul Collum, Jeanne Lundgren (RIP), Laurice Marier, Dean Meier, Chris Pilarski, Kim Rily, Mitch Rily, Bill St. Yves, Zack Stranz, Robert Strauss, and Brian Szaks
Thank you for your support in making the first 50 issues of InPark a success, and here’s to 50 more…