While sitting in traffic this morning on the way to work, the thought occurred to me: Today marks the 18-year anniversary of my first day in book publishing. On February 11, 1991, I arrived bright-eyed at the Macmillan Computer Publishing offices on North College Avenue, ready to begin a big adventure. And what a ride it was! Endless growth and mergers and major software releases, so many new friends, and the coolest job of my life. Of course, it did end when Pearson bought the company and started breaking it up. So I moved on to JIST. And I've been here nearly 10 years. Incredible!
I'd like to say how much things have changed, but they really didn't change that much until just recently. We were on the cutting edge of publishing technology then, and we practically sat for many years until the rest of the industry caught up with us (still waiting for some old-school stragglers even today...). But now it's all e-books and Web 2.0 and such, so get ready for things to start changing more drastically.
A big shout-out to the old MCP folks who made my life and career so much fun "back in the old days"!