By Allen Forkum, Editor & Publisher
Oct. 29, 2020
I regret to announce that the December 2020 issue will be the final monthly newspaper of The Nashville Retrospect. However, we are staying in business. We will continue to offer fascinating old newspaper stories, vintage Nashville photos, and exclusive content via email, so don’t miss out: sign up now for the free Nashville Retrospect Dispatch at: http://eepurl.com/he-sNX
We will also continue selling archive issues of the Retrospect and copies of our new Nashville History Map, as well as develop other projects, such as books, podcasts, and possibly the Retrospect in a new form. But the monthly Retrospect newspaper, first launched in July 2009, will cease publication with the December 2020 issue.
There are a number of reasons for this. Regular readers may recall our past efforts to attract more advertisers and subscribers. In 2018, we started the podcast to help publicize the Retrospect. And though we did see some increases and even donations (for which we are ever thankful), our efforts were not successful enough. The pandemic and economic shutdown have become the last straw.
I’ll have more to say in the final issue, but I wanted to let you readers know in advance—particularly subscribers, who should read the special notice below. I’m grateful to you for your support over the last 11 and a half years. We may not have reached as large an audience as we needed for the monthly newspaper, but those of you we did reach have proved to be passionate about Nashville and its past. Even beyond your patronage, your words of encouragement—in the form of emails, comments, hand-written letters, and in-person meetings—have been immensely rewarding. I can’t describe the joy I get from digging through old newspapers to learn some fascinating, new-to-me detail about Nashville’s history, but it is even more so knowing that I can share it with you.
Which is why I do not want to lose contact with you. Please sign up for the free Nashville Retrospect Dispatch email at http://eepurl.com/he-sNX to keep receiving Nashville history, the latest Retrospect developments, and other exclusive content (continue to follow us here on Facebook and Instagram, as well).
Also, don’t forget that we’re a great source for gifts this holiday season. The Retrospect’s Nashville History Map makes a wonderful gift for the history lovers in your life. And so do our Sampler Sets, which are four-issue packs themed to favorite topics, like Opryland USA, Civil War, Nashville Memories, Infamous Murders, and Civil Rights. Place your orders at our new website: NashvilleRetrospect.com.
So, until the next month’s issue…
NOTICE TO SUBSCRIBERS
If your current subscription extents past the December 2020 issue, we apologize for not being able to fulfill it with new issues of The Nashville Retrospect newspaper. We have a number of options available for settlement, including a prorated refund, which will take us a few months to process and for which we ask your patience. However, if you instead wish to donate the remainder of your subscription to us, we would be deeply grateful, for doing so will help the publishing company to stay in business and to further research and develop new Nashville history projects, possibly the Retrospect in a new form. Another option is to exchange the remainder of your subscription for archive issues ($3 each) or for The Retrospect’s Nashville History Map ($10). This option allows us to reduce our inventory while at the same time giving you more of the old Nashville stories you love.
ACTION SUBSCRIBERS MUST TAKE:
If your current subscription extents past December 2020, we need to know your preference. You should contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at The Nashville Retrospect, 1121 Airport Center Drive, Nashville, TN 37214. In your message designate your choice of the three options:
A) “I want to donate the remainder of my subscription”;
B) “I want to exchange the remainder of my subscription for another Retrospect product”; or
C) “I want a prorated refund of my subscription.”
Remember to include all your contact information so we can provide further instructions. Again, we apologize and we thank you for your patience and understanding.