By Bob Alvarado
Soooooooo many things to do and soooo little time to do it in. El antiQuario, in it's constant strive for excellence (although still going through "teething pangs" like the growing toddler which we are), has much to report. While each new issue is a much heralded event for us, in afterthought we still find something to improve upon for the next edition. This, in part, is thanks to the many letters and suggestions that overwhelm us each month, keep sending those comments in!
With the debut of Vol. 1, No. 7, we are glad to introduce our recently formed news office in Mexico City, featuring a troupe of skilled and enthusiastic collaborators. Undoubtedly, their efforts will be an asset to the maturity of El antiQuario. "Bienvenidos Colegas."
For the aficionado as well as the novice collector of Mexican paintings on tin (retablos), we present another great article by Oscar Ibarra. In between court litigations and real estate evaluations, this likable attorney finds time to visit many haunts during his travels to different cities and pueblitos. In so doing, Oscar has made a remarkable and surprising discovery. He has uncovered the true identity of the retablero known only as the "Bee-Sting-Lips" painter. Be sure to read his El antiQuario exclusive news-breaking article. It will be very invigorating to see what responses we get from this compelling revelation.
If there's anything most people hate to hear, it is: "I told you so!" As assertive as these words may sound, I can't help but gloat just a little (and for that., well... I don't apologize!). There have been a few advocate naysayers who have claimed El antiQuario wouldn't fly right from the get-go (but read us anyway). It is to these folks I aim my above guffaws and determined statement that our modest publication is "here to stay."
Ours is a specialty rag which helps the reader as much as the advertiser. Rarely have these two sectors been placed together in such a homogeneous way so as to create the ideal win-win situation for both parties. Helen found the perfect limestone fountain for her new garden, Dr. Fuentes was able to place his grandfather's collection of 300 clay nativity scenes in an Oklahoma museum, Mrs. Pasternak, from Houston, has made El antiQuario required reading for her bilingual education class and Mr. Hiroshimi has inquired about a permanent and exclusive distributorship of Tonala pottery, as well as the magazine itself, in Japan.
Whether El antiQuario has made an impact is left for you to judge. I believe that in the current arena of come-and-go news magazines, many of which peg their success rate more closely to the cost of paper rather than contents, ours is a hands-down winner. And, with the addition of our newly formed news office in Mexico City, (Reportando Mexico City, 2000) you can see that even a little bus-lag doesn't slow us down too much!
But seriously and in all honesty-- I and our ever growing crew of cub-reporters have worked arduously and enthusiastically to put this, issue number seven, in your hands. Our biggest reward is the passion that comes with doing something fulfilling. In between the actual running around to meet our readers and advertisers requests, we are also having a lot of fun!