It was April 11, 1983. America still was coming to terms with the breakup of the 4077th as the hit television series "MASH" ended its 11-year run. For many, the image of Hawkeye Pierce flying away in a helicopter transfixed on the rocks below that were arranged to spell the word "goodbye" is seared into our memory.
Two days earlier, NASA's Space Shuttle Mission: Challenger 1 returned to Earth with no foreshadowing of the tragedy that was to follow less than three years later.
"Star Wars: Episode VI, Return of the Jedi" was a month from its anticipated release. And on our radios, Michael Jackson's "Billy Jean" blared alongside "Mr. Roboto," the song that eventually fractured the rock band Styx (still my all-time favorite).
And it was at this time that this publication debuted in print, where many of you are reading this today.
Happy anniversary, Tire Business.
Kudos to Ernie Zielasko, our first publisher and editor, for conceiving the newspaper, and to Bruce Davis, whom Zielasko appointed to steer the project from concept to print.
The one constant that has been with our audience throughout these four decades — besides the latest industry news, data, analysis and feature stories you've come to enjoy — is Bruce Davis, our resident tire expert, who has been with or contributed to this publication since its inception. I like to tell folks Bruce has forgotten more about the tire industry than most people will ever know.