Keep on Truckin’

PFW vol 5 issue 9

August 1, 1999 was my first day working for the Patriots. The issue of Patriots Football Weekly that you see above was the first one I worked on that had my name printed in it. Was I proud to see my name inside the front cover of a magazine under the title “Art Director”? Let’s just say I wanted to wallpaper my damn house with that issue so when people came over I could point and go “See? That’s my name. IN PRINT. RIGHT THERE!”

It was my first legit, properly titled job. Sure I had worked as a typesetter and ran the art department of a small printing company for years, but it was the first time I had things like a Title and Business Cards and a Phone With My Own Extension. I was finally in the print world version of Broadway – my name may not have been in lights, but it was there.

Back then we were rocking Quark XPress 3.32 and Photoshop 4.0. Digital photography was unheard of – we sent photos to our printer so they could scan them on their drum scanner. When I think back, I marvel at how we did all that grunt work and still managed to get the paper out on time.

Over the years I’ve seen co-workers come and go, players come and go, and I’ve personally witnessed the biggest wins and the most monumental losses. Perhaps it’s cliché (especially since it’s Jerry Garcia’s birthday), but the only thing that best sums up the past 13 years in my mind are the lyrics: Sometimes the lights all shinin’ on me; Other times I can barely see. Lately it occurs to me what a long, strange trip it’s been…

…and I wouldn’t trade away one second of it.

My favorite day of the year…

2012 Patriots Yearbook cover

You know what my most favorite day of the year is? Not Christmas or New Year’s or Thanksgiving or my birthday, but the day I sign off on the final proofs for the Patriots Yearbook. When I send my biggest project of the season off to the printer it always feels as if a 100lb weight has been lifted off of my shoulders.

This year we did an election theme, and for the cover decided to dress Tom Brady up as the President with the Offensive Line acting as his Secret Service agents. The players were all really good sports about it, but due to time constraints the amazing David Silverman photographed all of them individually. (You can even check out an “individual teaser image” tweeted by the Patriots Twitter account from Tom’s photo shoot.) After all the shoots were complete, Dwight assembled the cover in Photoshop while Maura and I worked away at all the interior pages.

The final product arrived this morning, just in time for Training Camp. If you are heading to Camp you can buy your copy at the Patriots Football Weekly tent. If you can’t make it to camp you can order your copy from the Patriots ProShop.

A small sampling of the inside…

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