Volume 7, Issue 5, September-October 2003

Dear Reader 
    Penny Beverage

New Beginnings

For my recent 25th birthday, my boyfriend of some time presented me with two wonderful gifts. One was the Special Edition 25th Anniversary DVD of the cult classic, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”—one of our joint favorites. 

The other was a little more traditional.

It was a ring. Not just any ring, but one that followed a long talk with my Dad and came with the big question all of us girls wait to hear. And, of course, the answer was a resounding “yes.” 

So, in about eight months, I’ll be Mrs. Penny Stacey. Scary, isn’t it? (Well, a little, but don’t tell my fiancé.) 

Even sooner, though, than your editor is getting a new last name, your magazine is getting a makeover. That’s right, in the January-February 2004 issue of Window Film you will see a new and improved look. I’ve been working on Window Film for more than three years now, and I personally am very excited about the change. As we prepare for the change, we’d like to hear what you want to see more of. 

Do you want more columns? What about some more fun stuff—perhaps a crossword puzzle? What do you want to see? (I’m currently going through tons of magazines—at the top of my list being “Modern Bride”—looking for ideas for the magazine’s future. So, unless you want to see a section called “Real Live Couples” added to our contents page, please help me out.)

Among all this new stuff will of course be the seasoned sections, that are also included in this issue. On page 8, check out the latest news, including a look at some of California’s continuing rebate programs for the use of window film.

Find out about a new way to remove window film on page 12 in our Noteworthy section. Then, turn to page 22 for a look at all you must see at this year’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas, November 4-7, 2003.

On page 18, contributing editor Leslie Shaver provides a glance at the industry’s latest trends and how they could affect shops across the United States.

In addition, we have for you a preview of the International Window Film Conference & Expo, which will be held in one of my favorite cities, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., March 4-6.
So, look out for the January-February issue complete with its new look and special sections, and look for my new last name—along with a new glow—to appear sometime in the spring. 

See you in Las Vegas.

P.S. Speaking of new beginnings, you may be missing the smiling face of Kristine Tunney from this issue. 

Kristine has also taken off on a new beginning, as she recently left for a 3-month stint in Spain, where she will be studying the country’s language and culture. If you would like to send her a message, please feel free to write me at pbeverage@glass.com, and I’d be glad to pass it on. WF

Penny Beverage is an editor for Window Film magazine. 


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