The Lion King ruled, the Internet was connecting, the U.S. Congress was in full Republican Revolution, and three of the Billboard Top 10 songs were by Ace of Base. In ophthalmology, RK was king, managed care was the bane of traditional medicine, Missouri optometrists were lobbying for laser privileges, and something called the Ocular Hypertensive Treatment Study was getting under way. Ophthalmologists kept current with the profession's advances by reading either the ophthalmic tabloids or the peer-reviewed journals.
The year was 1994 and the magazine you're reading was born. Though I was covering another field, my connections to the founders of the Review made me well aware of the uncertainty, even outright resistance, that they faced in launching the profession's first true magazine, with a presentation and approach to editorial and graphics, in an advertising-supported publication that was, for this profession, quite revolutionary.
So while I abhor self-referential editorials, there is a time and a place. And a decade is the right time and place to make some mentions:
• Of Rick Bay, that rarest of publishers who can use the words editorial and integrity and understand them both.
• Of Mark Blecher, our chief medical editor, and his uncanny ability to keep us focused on the needs of the ophthalmologists we are writing for.
• Of our Editorial Board, both past and current, and their advice and guidance. Priceless.
• Of our Department Editors, for meeting the monthly challenge of keeping our content at the leading edge. Special mention to charter members, Peter Netland, Mark Abelson and Frank Weinstock.
• Of the hundreds of contributors who have graced these issues, nearly all with only the satisfaction of serving their colleagues as reward.
• Of Walt Bethke, our managing editor, who joined the Review just after the launch and has 10 years of his own toil all over these pages. And of all the creative, industrious editorial, art and production staff past and present.
• Of Stan Herrin, the founding editor and hardest working man in publishing.
To all of these, to you who each month spend your most precious commodity, your time, with us, and even to those who said we'd never outlast Ace of Base let alone OHTS, congratulations, thank you and here's to the next 10 years.