Diligent and responsible reporters everywhere supported my noble cause. Okay, scratch that. My guess is that I happened to catch a few kind journalists who were bored with the standard fare of press releases on management changes at Acme Widget Inc. In any case, the Arizona Republic was first to feature the Gazette on the cover of its lifestyle section. That led to similar articles in the Long Beach Press Telegram, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, the National Inquirer, New Choices Magazine and the Orange County Register, which had its piece picked up by the Associated Press wire services. In radio land, the Osgood Files profiled this homespun publication on one of its segments and myriad radio stations around the world interviewed me live on air.
At the height of its success, the Gazette had hundreds of subscribers across the United States. Still, it was always just a hobby that paid for itself; I never charged a lot for it. I continued to earn my living as a writer/editor in the corporate communications arena.
At about that time, my wife and I had been
trying to conceive a child. And it seemed par for my course in life when
we determined that this task would be difficult, if not impossible. But
what might be devastating to habitually fortunate folks was simply a bump
in the road for us. We embarked upon a journey to adopt, and I was optimistic
that I would again muddle through -- on the road to parenthood.
With the added responsibilities that parenting brought, sustaining the Gazette became a greater challenge. I scaled it back from four pages to two and extended the subscription terms for my dwindling list of recipients. When we duped the adoption agency again in 1997 and welcomed a baby girl to the family, I suspended publication of the Gazette altogether. I found that the demands of being an attentive dad absorbed most of my free time. It was either the children or the newsletter, and it seemed disingenuous to devote my energies to the latter after working so hard to acquire the little critters.