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PaperCity Dallas September 2023

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THE DAYS OF WINE AND POSES BOY, DID WE HAVE FUN AND COUNTING PAPERCITY " O h, what a time we've had." Those seem fitting words to toast the past 25 years. Yes, can you believe it: PaperCity is in the midst of its milestone silver anniversary. We're waiting for someone to proclaim, "You don't look a day over 18" — but we own our age. That's not to say we don't nip and tuck to keep the pages radiant. Yes, it was September 1998 when we premiered on the Dallas scene. This was the year we drooled over newly minted star Leonardo DiCaprio, and Victoria (aka Posh Spice) and David Beckham were the it-couple. We also tuned in weekly (long before streaming and bingeing) to watch the Sex and The City squad: Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda, and Samantha. We knew we'd found a kindred spirit in Miz Bradshaw when she said, "I've spent $40,000 on shoes, and I have no place to live? I will literally be the old woman who lived in her shoes!" The Internet was nascent, and we were living in very IRL times. If you were in your 20s and attending wedding after wedding, you were likely cutting it up on the dance floor to Stardust's "Music Sounds Better with You" and wearing one of Tom Ford's iconic pieces from his tenure as creative director of Gucci. Most importantly, you were not glued to your iPhone. Flipping through the pages of our first Dallas issue (in its original broadsheet, newspaper format) is like opening a fabulous time capsule. The Highland Park Village ad alone had us circulating it amongst group texts: "Do you remember when the Village had a BabyGap? And a liquor store?" PaperCity was filled with party pages, including the grand opening of Al Biernat's. Lots of familiar faces, some sadly no longer with us, and some with surnames that have changed a few times. Long before pics of events were shared on social media, we were the source for remembering a fun evening. Within that premier issue we had an advertisement proclaiming who we were: Not political. Not critical. Just fun. We hope you agree that this same spirit continues with fabulous abandon today. We've done our part at party after glorious party. Your friends at PaperCity have always held true to staying charming (never just boringly congenial) and slightly irreverent. A few stewards have overseen our Dallas issue since its debut — each a shining star. We reached out to our former editors in chief for fond memories and amusing anecdotes they might share from their time at PaperCity Dallas. One constant was the massive wood desk with classic mid-century lines that has passed from one editor in chief to the next. Some things should never change. We hope you've awaited each issue as you might a beloved confidante who arrives for regular visits with fabulous bons mots detailing what's going on out and about in Dallas. Cheers to our next 25 years. Before EIC (Editor in Chief), you were … PR manager at The Dallas Opera, where one of the perks included driving around really handsome Italian opera singers in town for performances. Challenge that you find amusing now. Fact-checking a story often meant calling or visiting the main library downtown for information. Computers were for typing and emailing, not for looking up information on the Internet. Your desk. I had a massive mid-20th-century wood desk that held everything, but the items that stick out most were my lightbox and loupe — something I was extremely proud of, because only editors had those. This really happened. Either the late 1990s or the early 2000s, an ice storm knocked out the power of the offices. We were on deadline, and my stories were locked inside my-now dead "Bondi Blue" iMac. Cellphones really REBECCA SHERMAN, THE OG (1998 to 2004) By Billy Fong

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