We did it! Our 100th anniversary issue is in your hands! Hooray! Indeed the road has been tough, and, if you’ve been reading my notes from issue to issue, you know I’ve been sharing all ours ups and downs with you every time. Why have I been sharing it all? Well, because we are one big family, are we not?! At least I’d like to think that, and I know all our staff thinks that. I’ve said it before – our bi-weekly publication, the Russian Chicago magazine, is made by Russian-speaking chicagoans for Russian-speaking chicagoans. It reflects on our community, it features many great stories of our compatriots – the Russian-speaking Americans. Because that’s who we are. Our magazine is not a commercial flyer, it’s not a coupon book, it’s not a pure business enterprise. It’s got a heart and soul. That’s why our magazine flys off the shelves the moment it lands there, that’s why our readers keep them for many months and that’s why hear so much positive feedback from you. And that positive feedback drives us all forward. So today we celebrate 100th issue! In over four years we have printed half a million copies! That’s a lot of magazines, my friends! And I want you to feel as proud and joyous and happy today as we feel, because it’s our magazine. So many hours spent working on it, so many hours spent reading it, so many great stories and so many new friends we have made together! Yes, there have been glitches and hiccups along the way, but that only made us better. Together. Russian Chicago stands tall and proud above all. And that is our collective achievement. So thank you all, thank you each and everyone of our staff, our readers, our advertisers and customers. We did it together. So turn to the right or left and smile at whoever is there, because you deserve to be happy and you should share it too. “Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases from being shared” – I didn’t say it, Buddha did.
We’re growing and we’re always looking for more good people to join our team. If you think you’re good at something that has something to do with our magazine or the radio or web – reach out to us, why won’t you?! There’s room for more good talent. Let’s talk! Our doors are always open. And of course I cannot hide the fact that we also have some very exciting new cover stories in the making that you will see shortly. I hope you will enjoy this issue and will be looking forward to many many more to come! Thank you for being a part of our family! Cheers and talk soon!