My name is David Adler, I was the co-founder of Washington Dossier, the society magazine for the nation’s capital from 1975-1991. I am currently the CEO and founder of BizBash Media www.bizbash.com, the magazine, web site and trade shows for the Event Planning Industry.
In 1975, just a month out of college at 21, I worked with my mother, Sonia Adler to launch the magazine. My dad, Warren Adler, the novelist who wrote the “War of the Roses” and 40 other novels owned an advertising agency at the time. He along with his staff, helped us launch a 16 page newsletter style magazine to cover the Washington D.C. social scene. Brother Jonathan Adler who was a college student at the time, joined the company a year later.
The magazine grew to over 250 pages during its height and lasted until 1991. Our family sold the company in 1987 after 12 years.
I was recently at my parents apartment in New York and started thumbing through the leather-bound books of past issues. It was so fascinating to watch my life pass in front of me. I also realized that it was looking at the history of social Washington during the Ford, Carter, Reagan and Bush 1 years.
After repeatedly reaching out unsuccessfully to the current owners of the title, I thought is would be a travesty if these issued didn’t see the light of day. WIth the ease of technology that makes this available, I have taken the liberty of digitizing all the old issues. They will be available on sites like www.issuu.com, www.scribd.com, www.docstoc.com, www.slideshare.com and others including on this site.
The history of the era is remarkable and I am so proud to be a part of the team of professionals who put this work together.
Let me know what you think? You can reach me at Dadler@bizbash.com.