Fandeck of Features

Paint, Prep, and Primer

Paint, prep, and primer.
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By Jerry Rabushka, Editor

Nolan Consulting helps grow your business.

Nolan Consulting helps grow your business.
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By Jerry Rabushka, Editor

Palette of Departments

Mugs, Pubs, and Ink. Another Day, Another Party.

Another opening, another show.

sponsored by Blue Dolphin
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By Jerry Rabushka, Editor

Turn Your Website into Leads

Nobody’s going to my website!
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By Philip Herman, Contrubuting Writer

Tell it to the Judge

If you want it, ask for it.
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By "Doctor" Phil Bernstein, contrubuting Writer

Mike Gulley Talks

A closer look at Mirka.
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By Jerry Rabushka, Editor

T-REX: FEROCIOUSLY STRONG TAPE

Some great junk this month!

sponsored by FrogTape
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By sponsored by T-RexTape


By Jerry Rabushka,

 

JERRY RABUSHKA
Managing Editor

Mugs, Pubs, and Ink. Another Day, Another Party.

We’re always celebrating anniversaries here—not sure how any work gets done—this time it’s my 25th year of working at Mug Pub Inc. If it was a pub, I’m sure the celebration, and the mug, would be a lot different.

The day before I started this job on August 18, 1992, I was in Branson, MO, interviewing a few musicians for an article in a St. Louis music paper called Spotlight. I was confident the guys would run down the scene as pandering to old folks with out of date country music, so I was surprised at what they really thought, which was that playing in Branson was a dream come true for a professional musician.

The work was steady, the pay was good, and they didn’t have to travel. If one show closed, you could eventually find work at another. They appreciated the stability, especially those with families. Same with all of you, I would think. The stability thing. Knowing where your next paycheck and your next job is coming from. Some folks like the thrill of being on the hunt, some like the thrill of not being on the hunt.

Speaking of pubs, as a player in a band I’ve seen my fair share, and one of our favorites is Public House Brewery, with locations in Rolla and St. James, MO, about 100 miles southwest of St. Louis. We’ve watched them grow over the years since they opened around 2011; it’s worth the travel time because they’re always nice to us and we like the crowd that comes to see us play. On a random stop over a couple of us ran into one of the founders, and we told him we were excited and proud to see how he’d worked so hard to grow the business. Now their beer is available at my local grocery store. It didn’t happen overnight, but they worked hard and kept at it.

Speaking of longevity: Devoe. Founded in 1754, Devoe was proud of its ancestry as one of America’s 10 oldest companies. It was grinding it out in Louisville and one day in the late ’90s, I think, it was purchased by the British company Imperial Chemical Industries. People weren’t happy, and the language I heard from dealers and painters about the formula changes is unprintable (at least in our magazine). Devoe got re-bought and tossed around, and went from company to brand to formula to what happened to Devoe? Now after 263 years it’s a line of High Performance Coatings available through Akzo Nobel. Who knows if Ben Franklin was ever agonizing over color choices from Devoe? From the history buff standpoint, I was sorry to see it lose its independent status. Things change though, even Sears is under the guillotine, but I hope Devoe doesn’t just “fade away.” Louisville was also home to Gray Seal, Porter, and Kurfees. Lots of history there.

I like to say it’s not about me, but one criticism I get is that when it should be, I don’t take enough credit. First, I’ll credit Hans and the staff here at Mugler Publications for giving me the trust and freedom to make the magazine the best I can. We are exclusive, we are inclusive, we are highbrow, we are lowbrow (sometimes), by the sweat of our brow we get the word out every month. We are independent, be you a painter, dealer, or advertiser, we are on your side. If there’s one bragging point, I can say that the more responsibility I’ve taken around here, the better everyone says the magazine has become. But shhhh! Because now I’ll get more work to do. What has come to me along with it is that I care about this, and you, much more than I did in 1992.

I’m not registered at Target or Home Goods. Chocolate might be nice.


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