A bittersweet goodbye from this editor after eight-plus years with Casino Journal.
The title of this, my last column for Casino Journal after nearly eight
and a half years with the
magazine, is also the last line from a book by one of my favorite
Easton Ellis. For anyone who knows the book, American Psycho, it may
seem a tad strange that I’d quote it in
saying goodbye, especially since the book surrounds a fictitious
Patrick Bateman, who is a 1980s
Wall Street exec by day and crazed killer by
night. Let me explain.
At the end of the book,
which was later made into a hit
movie in the 1990s starring Christian Bale, the reader/viewer is left
sense that his whole life - all of his actions, decisions, interactions
all nothing more than a figment of his imagination. In his panicked
searching for a way out, he notices the simple sign above a door that
“This is not an exit” … a sign that seems to make it all make sense.
that line has stuck with me over many years. And I reference it today
you a sense of just how hard it was to make the decision I’ve made, the
say goodbye and thank you to everyone I’ve been lucky enough to
over the years and to note that while I’m leaving this magazine, I’m
leaving the industry I’ve grown to love over the years.
It has been an absolute pleasure being a part of
Casino Journal during my time here. From
the first day back in early-2000 when I joined as an assistant editor,
the magazine’s sale to various companies, to the day in late-2005 when
given the opportunity to take the helm as its editor, Casino Journal
has been my life. And it’s afforded me some
experiences I’ll never forget: seeing the openings of countless gaming
properties; getting behind the scenes tours of how every part of a
operates or how all the nuts and bolts of gaming products and
assembled; seeing first hand the results of how the gaming industry can
positively impact communities; mingling with countless celebrities;
brains of gaming industry legends, high-profile politicians,
global decision-makers; and learning new skills and passions from the
subjects I’ve covered over the years.
Among the topics that have been close to my heart:
correcting tragic misperceptions of the gaming industry in the public
chronicling how gaming has helped pull many Native American tribes from
of poverty and allowed them to diversify and grow beyond gaming today;
industry catching up with technology after years of lagging far behind
to the monumental work of the Gaming Standards Association with
standards and protocols; a real focus
on improving customer service and experience and making casino
full-scale entertainment and service packages for guests (something a
industries could now learn from); and of course, the continuing
recovery of the
entire Gulf Coast from the wrath of Hurricane
So I know many of you are already asking
the question, “why
are you leaving then?” Well, the answer is quite simple actually - it
time. I wanted a change in direction and a chance to explore some new
opportunities. I feel like I’ve done about as much as I can with Casino
Journal, and love it though I
may, I’m ready to challenge myself in another facet of the gaming
I with I had the space to say thank you to
everyone who has
helped me along the way; those of you who I’ve interacted with that
me more than just a story to write; those of you who have taken me
wing, or trusted me with valuable information; those of you who took a
interest in what I’ve been able to do with Casino
Journal; and those of you that provided input and showed respect to
brand and to me.
I can only hope I’ve managed to
make a similar impact on
your lives … that over the years I’ve been able to provide you with the
the vehicle you needed to enhance your own businesses, your own lives.
accomplished that, then I’ve done my job.
Thanks,best wishes to all and
remember, this is not an exit.
Editor's letter: âThis is not an exit'
July 1, 2008