Viewfinder: 15 Years in the Making!

"It was bound to happen: a magazine devoted exclusively to the needs of individual videomakers."


Those were my opening words 15 years ago for the first issue of Videomaker. I had a vision. I believed that video technology would allow common people to rise to the top by sharing ideas and the truth. As Thomas Jefferson postulated, when we have a free flow of information, then we will be truly self-governing. From this vision stemmed the mission and purpose of Videomaker (see mission statement, top-right on this page).

So much has happened in the industry over the past 15 years. I never would have guessed that camcorders would be small enough to fit in your pocket, or that consumers and hobbyists would edit video with computers.

There are many people to acknowledge for the success of this magazine. I had only a small number of financial backers in the beginning. Garey Weibel, my publishing mentor, was the lead investor. He taught me a great deal about the business. He also bailed me out more times than I can count. Pat Lawing was the first person who believed in me and made an investment. Angelo Volpato was not only an investor, but is still a wonderful friend. Bob Doyle was a source of capital, encouragement and advice. My in-laws, Fran and Walt Kologinsky also took a gamble on me. Jim Cox, Jodee Ristich, Todd Walker and Buck and Gay Buckholdt were also very important to me and to Videomaker.

Our very first magazine staff was extremely valuable. I learned so much from John Hayes and Greg Spitzfaden. Brad Kent was an excellent, devoted editor. Those early years were full of difficulties. He got the magazine going in the proper direction and helped us relocate the company from the East Coast to the West Coast during the most fragile period of the company’s history.

I could not have succeeded without a fine group of people behind me. I greatly appreciate long-time team players like Kelly Shulman, Rick Anderson, Janet Souza and Steve Muratore. I am blessed to still have Janet and Steve on my team. The staff box has a list of all of the current Videomaker team members, all of whom I deeply appreciate.

I’d also like to acknowledge a few "industry insiders" that helped me along the way – Mike Zorich of Canon, Bob Greenberg from Panasonic, Sam Goldstein of B&H, Phil and Gary Bettan of Electronic Mailbox and Michael D’Addio Sr. of Videonics.

I thank my children for putting up with their overworked father. I often spent less time with them than I should have. Finally, I thank my wife, Patrice. I could not have done any of this without the help and support of my partner and Vice President.

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