(L to R) Martin Palicki, myself, Judith Rubin

(L to R) Martin Palicki, myself, Judith Rubin

I’ve known Judith Rubin since the mid-90’s.  We’ve spoken often, she’s hired me to write for various publications throughout the years, and she’s been a mentor.  If you don’t know Judy, she’s a ghost.  You’ll be talking to her face and face and suddenly she’s no longer there, vanished like vapor.  It’s because she’s the ultimate multitasker, flowing with the wind to where she’s needed.  And then fourteen months later, you’re at Rosco’s in Oakland enjoying their famous chicken and waffles and in walks Judy.  Not because she was headed there to eat.  Because she’s everywhere all the time.  Because she knows.  And she picks up that conversation at the very spot she vaporized into the mist more than a year ago and a whole country away.

I have now worked for Marty Palicki for three years, but I have only met him in person once – a full five years before he hired me.  It was at the 2006 IAAPA Attractions Expo in Atlanta.  I walked up to him at the InPark booth and said, “My mentor, Judy Rubin, says I’m a pretty good writer.  Are you looking for writers?”  Marty replied, “I’ll let you write for me if you buy an ad.”  And I walked away.

A little disclosure here – I was at the trade show representing a TEA member.  And to be honest, it was likely not the best decision to turn down an ad, for I would have been able to write an original piece about my company’s projects and have a full color ad in a publication that not only sees print distribution, but my ad and article would have appeared online as well. As the magazine has grown over the past decade, it’s found its way to the floors of IAAPA, EAS, AAE, IMERSA, TEA, AAM, WWA, and my Cantor’s bird cage.  I gave him a copy and then found it was in there when I came over as a guest for supper.  He blamed his wife, but I quizzed him on the issue’s content and he did pretty good, so I know he read it.

In the Jewish tradition of Kabalah, we are taught that numbers have meaning.  The tenth anniversary is the combination of two identical numbers – 5 and 5.  55 – the number of the 10th Anniversary issue.  55 – the year that Disneyland opened and the industry breathed a new life.

GT.PT9.SL17.SO3 GT.PT9.SL17.SO1The booth at the IAAPA trade show is 1949.  This was the year of the Exposition Internationale du Bicentenaire de Port-au-Prince, which showcased an ideal to turn the Haitian city into a modern metropolis on the Caribbean.  And just like Port-au-Prince, sitting in an ocean of countless islands, Marty and Judy sit in a campground surrounded by innumerable booths.

IMG_3325 (1)So, if you’re Orlando visit Marty and Judy (maybe even Bob Rogers, you never know!) at the InPark booth, 1949.  If you’re looking at raindrop products, you need to move one aisle over.  If you’re not there, follow us online at http://www.inparkmagazine.com.  And if you’re dining in Rosco’s, expect Judy to suddenly show up and finish a conversation from a few years back.  It’s what she does.

One last thing.  I want to thank both Marty and Judy for including me in this endeavor.  My understanding of design and technology have grown significantly.  I know facets of the industry now that I never would have before.  They’ve encouraged me to pursue my own reports (such as the Asian Casino Report) and think differently when writing for different audiences.  And for this, I say thank you and adieu.

For it’s now time for me to post the news from IAAPA on the InPark website.