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MP's 20th: Snapshots From the Front Lines

Mike Gibson, staff writer

Mike Gibson, staff writer

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  • The Original Three: layout artist Ian Blackburn, managing editor Margaret Weston, and editor and publisher Rand Pearson
  • Rand Pearson, editor and publisher, 1991-1996: 'I was 21 years old, armed with little more than a journalism degree, though I did have a vague idea about starting a lifestyle magazine for Knoxville and one day becoming a publisher.'
  • Monkey Mask
  • Jared Coffin, contributing designer 1991, then art director 1992-1995: 'Margaret and Rand Pearson were working with Ashley Capps and the indefatigable Ian Blackburn to start a biweekly arts and entertainment mini-tab.'
  • Metro Pulse's first Sales Manager, Pat Hinds
  • The Fearless Editor - Coury Turczyn, managing editor then executive editor 1992-2000 (now editor 2007-?):'As so many others expats do, I found myself back in Knoxville after spending a few years trying to create a non-Knoxville-related existence.'
  • Joe Sullivan, owner and publisher, 1992-2003
  • 1st Office in Burwell Building
  • Shelly Ridenour, calendar editor then later associate editor, 1992-1998: ' I was 19 when I started at Metro Pulse.'
  • Barry Henderson, editor in chief, 1993-1996, later returning as managing editor/senior editor: 'When I came on the scene in 1993, Metro Pulse was trundling along as a bi-weekly.'
  • Chris Barrett, staff writer
  • Mike Tatum, editorial intern, 1993: 'It was the fall of 1993. I was desperate and nervous. I needed an internship to graduate.'
  • Jack Neely, associate editor
  • Regina Adams
  • Mike Gibson, staff writer
  • Ian Blackburn, layout artist then later systems manager, 1991-2004: 'Producing the first issue was like any other project with a deadline, familiar to any college student. You get your stuff together as best you can and then stay up all night putting it together.'
  • Metro Pulse Staff circa 2000
  • Metro Pulse Sales Staff circa 2001
  • Lisa Horstman, art director, 1995-2002: 'The streaks from the dessert glob were probably there for a couple of years.'
  • Dugan Broadhurst (center) graphic designer, 1998-1999: 'Somehow, I was able to turn my non-paying internship with the paper into a five-figure salary. Hint: not even in the low 20s.' (seen here with designers Ryan Collins, left, and Andrew Gresham)
  • Jesse Fox Mayshark, senior editor then later editor in chief, 1996-2002 (later still, managing editor, 2010-11): 'When I told Harry Moskos I was leaving the News Sentinel to go work at Metro Pulse, he couldn’t believe it.'
  • Jay Nations, ad sales rep, 1995-1998: 'I soon found out being the ad rep, I represented MP— i.e., if someone was mad about something written about them, chewing out the ad rep was pretty natural to them.'
  • Adrienne Martini
  • Joe Tarr, staff writer 1997-2004: 'Metro Pulse, and more broadly Knoxville, made me who I am.'
  • Ian Blackburn juggling on top of the Sunsphere

Some behind-the-scenes photos from 20 years of Metro Pulse history.

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