Well they say, "All good things must end." I was recently notified by our HR department that Source Interlink Media would no longer need my services as Senior Tech Editor at Truckin’ magazine due to company cutbacks. After a 14-year dream, I was awakened and laid off. It sure wasn’t the way I imagined my career at Truckin’ would end.
My career with Truckin’ began in April 1997 when Steve Stillwell was the editor. Those were the days when we only used colored film to shoot covers and features. Show and tech articles were photographed with black and white film and then sent out to a film house for processing. After the processing was completed, the film was edited on a light table while looking through a magnifying loupe. The editorial body copy was documented on floppy discs. Today we are using digital avenues for everything. The Internet, websites, Facebook, and Twitter have merged with hard copy magazines to become the new frontier of publishing.
I will definitely miss my day-to-day responsibilities of writing tech articles, covering shows, and photographing the most beautiful custom trucks on the planet. But most of all, I will miss the folks I have met during my journalistic journey while proudly wearing the Truckin’ colors. As I end another chapter of “What about Bob,” I will turn the page and begin a new chapter in my journey.
I wish current Truckin’ Editor Dan Ward, Associate Editor Max Matthewson, Group Art Director Rob Munoz, Managing Editor Lorraine McCraw, and Group Publisher Jeff Dahlin the best. I hope to see ya down the road…