After publishing our first issue of 2010, I received a surprising email from Sean Fahey, proprietor of A2Central.com. A regular subscriber and former contributor to Juiced.GS, Sean asked, “With volume 15, isn’t Juiced.GS now the longest running printed Apple II publication (ever)?”
I wasn’t sure how to answer. It was entirely possible we’d reached that milestone, though given that Juiced.GS was launched after the Apple II’s heyday had already passed, it didn’t seem likely that we had eclipsed one of the more prominent magazines, such as Nibble or inCider/A+. To determine Juiced.GS‘s historical status, I turned to Dr. Steve Weyhrich, Apple II historian extraordinaire, who in turn compiled this list:
- 14 years — Softdisk (1981–1995)
- 12 years — Call-A.P.P.L.E. (1978–1990)
- 12 years — Nibble (1980–1992)
- 10 years — inCider (1983–1993)
- 10 years — Open-Apple/A2-Central (1985–1995)
- 8 years — Apple Assembly Line (1980–1988)
- 8 years — Micro (1977–1985)
- 8 years — Softdisk G-S (1989–1997)
- 6 years — Softside (1978–1984)
- 6 years — A+ Magazine (1983–1989)
- 6 years — GS+ (1989–1995)
- 5 years — Apple IIGS Buyer’s Guide (1985–1990)
- 4 years — Softalk (1980–1984)
- 4 years — Apple Orchard (1980–1984)
- 2 years — II Computing (1985–1987)
I was astonished. Ever since Max Jones founded Juiced.GS in 1996, we’d been quietly, steadily marching to the top of that list without even realizing it. With our heads down, so focused on putting out each next issue, we’d never stopped to look up and see where we were. Juiced.GS is now not only the only Apple II publication still in print; it is also the longest-running Apple II publication in print.
To commemorate the occasion, Steve and I have collaborated to detail the history of the publication. In Volume 10, Issue 1 of Juiced.GS, Max and his editorial successor, Ryan Suenaga, reflected on the first decade of the publication’s history. That article is now available for free at Apple2History.org, with an update on the five years since then. With everyone’s continued support, I hope Steve and I will be updating this history for many years to come.
In the meantime, how would you, our readers, like to see this milestone celebrated? Should we publish more historical articles? Have a sale? Issue limited edition products? Maybe a commemorative plate or two? Let’s hear how Juiced.GS can continue to serve the Apple II community well into the future!