It was Fred Nolan who first informed me that behind every successful man, is a "surprised woman." That's clever in a Brit kind of way, but I discovered another side to this bromide when we bought a certain magazine, twenty years ago this September.
My original two partners (standing behind me, above) and myself, put up $250,000 each. We quickly burned through that money and one of the partners bailed. After another $200,000 infusion failed to turn the boat, the second partner left, and soon enough we were out of money with a payroll in two days. It looked very, very bleak.
Two people stuck with me.
Both women have interesting back stories. Kathy Sue survived teaching eighth grade math and she once dated the "Sexiest Man Alive" (Nick Nolte) and she did her share of hobnobbing with rock stars when she was with the legendary "Voice of God" William Edward Compton.
Carole (William Edward's sister) could also be found in the company of hipsters and shakers.
Carole Compton, top row, center, seen here with the crew from Radio Free Phoenix (KCAC) 1971.