Truth set to music

| December 16, 2008

One of the proudest accomplishments of my adult professional life is that I actually supported myself and my family for a few years solely by writing. That was back in the late 1980s, when it wasn’t quite as easy as it had been in the 30s, 40s, and 50s. However, it was much easier to do in the 80s than it is nowadays. Consider that when I left Oasis Systems/FTL Games in the fall of 1984, BYTE Magazine came along and put me on a monthly retainer to write one, maybe two articles each month. That retainer worked out to a 33% raise over my ending full-time salary at Oasis/FTL and nearly double my full-time salary at Monitor Labs prior to coming to Oasis/FTL. Nice work if you can get it.

But, by and large, you can’t anymore. While newspapers have started dying recently, magazines have been dying for decades.  By my own count, I have written for fifteen or so different periodicals over the past 30 years, the large majority of which are no longer publishing. That’s what makes this musical tribute to all the magazines that are gone — done by Bill Dyszel at CinemaSolo — both funny and poignant:

And, yes, as the final line says, I have had a magazine “close up shop and owe [me] money.” Hat tip to Gerard Van der Leun at American Digest (one of the best blogs on the entire ‘net).  ..bruce w..

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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