"Memphis magazine publisher Kenneth Neill somehow managed to convince the company's board members to invest in an idea he had: a free weekly tabloid that would be called the Memphis Flyer," editor Bruce VanWyngarden writes in an introduction to the paper's 20th anniversary issue. "The first issue hit the streets in February 1989." In another column, Neill explains why the paper didn't celebrate the actual anniversary back in February. "February 2009 did not seem a particularly good time for a 20-year celebration," he writes. "The economy was in the toilet, and our spirits weren't far behind."

Continue ReadingMemphis Flyer Celebrates 20th Annivesary

In a letter from the editor celebrating the milestone, Bruce VanWyngarden traces the history of the Flyer, from its February 1989 debut to this week's issue. VanWyngarden gives props to previous editors Tim Sampson and Dennis Freeland, as well as Flyer publisher and former AAN Board President Kenneth Neill, and the staffers who rarely get such recognition. "The people who do count are those who create your weekly Flyer -- the writers, editors, art directors, ad sales folks, and others who make this publication possible," he writes.

Continue ReadingThe Memphis Flyer Prints its 1,000th Issue

Scott Ware, editor of The Sun of Bremerton, Wash., recalls his days marathoning with Ken Neill, publisher of the Memphis Flyer. Neill recently underwent quintuple heart bypass surgery, and now Ware is running again and watching the biscuits. "Now, let's start thinking about running the Dublin again — even if this time, it's only the 10K," Ware concludes.

Continue ReadingMemphis Flyer Publisher Sends Heart Wake-Up Call