Happy Birthday One More Time!
Can you believe it? Another year gone by, and we're still going strong. The critics have changed their tune, and the skeptics are singing backup. Now I'll be the first one to admit that things were uncertain when I decided to start ACP/TPF Today in March of 1990.
The TPF community was smaller in size with some shops either moving to different technologies, or being eliminated through mergers and company failures. (Not a real strong market, son!) Next, I had to consider the overwhelming number of technical journals and "trades" that were already out there. Granted, not one of them knew how to even spell TPF, but then again that didn't seem to bother anyone other than myself. (Are you nuts? Look at your competition!!) Finally, there was the decision to give the first 6 issues away free. (You keep the fool occupied while I call 911.)
Needless to say, the gamble paid off. Our readership is worldwide, the publication itself has grown in size, and the vendor community is experiencing a favorable return on their advertising investment. We've stirred the interest of our ALCS "cousins" overseas, and expect provide much more material from IBM which will close the information gap even further, and greatly enhance the educational value of the publication. After all, that is the prime directive of ACP/TPF Today.
But honestly folks, I'm not here to blow my own horn. There are many individuals and companies who deserve the credit for the success we've had. Whether it was writing articles, suggesting ideas, placing an ad, calling with a "hot piece of gossip", drumming up subscriptions, or labeling envelops, I wouldn't be writing this today without their help and their support. In no particular order, I would like to acknowledge and thank:
Peter Klint (CR Systems), David Young (IBM UK), Matthew Yeager (Interactive Systems International), Dan Evans (Prisym Inc.), Pat Durban (Worldspan), Karl Soliday (American Airlines), Ian Johnson (Hyperion Singapore), Dianne Edmondson (ACP Inc.), Robert Cohen (IBM Danbury), Brian Cott (Global Dynamics), Peter Fischer (Fischer Informatic), Joseph Dobkowski (Diversified Data Resources), Bonnie Nixon (Software Recording Co.),Frank Fannon (Amtrak), Brent Johnson (Interface Design Group), Mark Boonie (IBM Danbury), Irene Harding (Galileo), Bob Saxon (Saxon Associates), John DiCostanzo (TPF International), Bob Dryfoos (IBM Danbury), Amy Leffler (Prodigy), Nadya Fischer (Amadeus), John Holden (EDS Miami), Wasem Majeed (AMRIS), Roger Robinson (IBM UK), Matthew Denman (American Express), Norm Laefer (Amdahl US), Thiru Thirupuvanum (TPF Software), Phil Adams (AMRIS), Michael Cunning (USAir), Dave Hayton (Hestair Computer Group), Steve Hobson (IBM UK), Harvey Showyin (AMDAHL Australia), Misha Kravchenko (Swissair), LLoyd Hirst (Ansett Australia), Paul Rutti (AMRIS), Bruce Taylor (Hyperion Amsterdam), Skip Powell (Worldspan), and the folks at Visa International, Bedford Associates, Structured Logic Systems, Shuter Smith International, Echo Associates, and Digital Equipment.
Running the risk of sounding like an Academy Award winner, I have to acknowledge the encouragement and support of my wife and my children. They've sacrificed their time and energies to keep me "honest" and contributed greatly to the overall quality of the publication.
And lastly, my thanks to our subscribers and readers. Without an interested audience, we never would have made it this far. The letters, phone calls, and articles are truly appreciated. ACP/TPF Today is your publication and your platform for communicating ideas and sharing information. I look forward to another successful year, and hope that we will continue to play a significant role in the industry.