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Revisiting the Reader's early days 

Eight of the staffers who helped launch the Reader revist the inaugural issue and the early days

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Nancy Banks, managing editor and writer, 1971-1977, on the Reader's early days: 'Rodney Wanker didn't exist. I'd been replaced by a rude-sounding pseudonym.'


Mark Homstad, theatre critic in the 70s, on the Reader's early days: 'I didn't intend to create a publicity-seeking controversy, though it may have helped provide an initial marker of the paper's critical independence'


Dave Jones, 'production czar,' 1976-2006, on the Reader's early days : 'It was easy to feel at home. So I stayed for 30 years.'


Robert McCamant, co-owner, 1971-2007, on the Reader's early days: ‘We were something new, neither fish nor fowl’


Bob Roth, co-owner, 1971-2007, on the Reader's early days: ‘All but one of our investors were unemployed friends from college’


Mary Jo Madden, general manager, 1977-now, on the Reader's early days: ‘If it sounds like I had the worst job one could get at the Reader, you weren’t around in 1977’


Tom Rehwaldt, co-owner, 1971-2007, on the Reader's early days: ‘He assured me that my paper was nothing like the Village Voice. He was right'


Tom Yoder, co-owner, 1973-2007, on the Reader's early days: ‘The office was the apartment where most of us lived’

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