My life in print began in 1989 when Kevin Wilson accepted a story of mine for 4WDrive Action magazine, and soon I also wrote for Roland Osborne at Chrysler Power. That freelance work helped me get an interview at Petersen Publishing in mid-1991. Hours before the meeting, I got my hair cut figuring they wouldn’t hire a guy who looked like he sang for Warrant. My interview was simultaneously with Pat Ganahl for Rod & Custom magazine and Jeff Smith for HOT ROD. I’d also interviewed with Jeff when I was 18 and he was the editor of Car Craft, and he told me, “You seem like you have the right bones, but get some experience and come back.” I did, and after the HOT ROD interview it took about three months for Jeff to call me back, and I recall his exact words: “How’d you like to work for HOT ROD magazine?” In the years that followed I’ve thanked him many times for changing my life.
While I was on the HRM staff I began editing SIPs (singleissue publications, or special interest publications) like Hot Rod Engines, Hot Rod Camaros, and Fastest Street Cars in America. By 1995 I was the editor of Petersen’s 4-Wheel & Off- Road, followed by Car Craft, Rod & Custom, and finally HOT ROD in 2001. While stilI at HOT ROD I launched the second version of Hot Rod Deluxe and also Roadkill magazine. At one point I edited HOT ROD and Car Craft simultaneously. I was also editorial director at one time or another over nearly every car mag we published except MotorTrend. Though I took a year off for a video venture circa 2007-08, I was surprised to realize that I ultimately oversaw a few more issues of HOT ROD than first-editor Wally Parks.
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