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Vol. 19, No. 1 

Our senior reporter, Jim Nintzel, reminds that the first issue of the Tucson Weekly hit the streets on February 22, 1984. Nintzel didn't come aboard until five years later, but founder and longtime publisher Douglas Biggers remembered the 12-page "news and arts journal" had a press run of 15,000 copies and total ad revenue of $750.

It was the tiny acorn from which a journalistic oak would grow. Thanks to a talented staff, generous supporters and an ongoing revolution in desktop publishing, the scrappy publication survived numerous near-death experiences. The 10th anniversary was marked by publication of a 120-page edition celebrating the history of both the paper and the community it covered.

Through the '90s the paper developed a reputation for aggressive reporting, outrageous commentary, in-depth feature writing and brilliant design, winning more than 50 Arizona Press Club awards.

In March 2000, Biggers sold the Weekly to Wick Communications, an Arizona-based company that owns small newspapers throughout the nation. The Weekly is part of Wick's Territorial Newspapers group of Tucson-based publications.

Corporate oversight has brought changes, some welcome and some not for longtime Weekly staffers and friends. Maturity is difficult--do you remember when you turned 18?--for irreverent institutions like the Weekly.

Our illustrious past is our cornerstone; we'll build on it. Our future depends on our continuing to satisfy readers, who are changing and maturing as well.

Please let us know how we're doing--e-mail me at mparnell@tucsonweekly.com--but, hey, cut us some slack. Remember, we're just 18.

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