Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Extreme Rocketry has perished

It looks like the economy has again taken it's toll. This notice appears on its web site:
Extreme Rocketry Closes Doors After 84 Issues

The September-October #84 Issue has been mailed to subscribers and retail locations. It is the last issue of Extreme Rocketry to be produced by RocketeerMedia.

Owner Brent McNeely stated, "It is with deep regret that I have been forced to close down my business. This decision was very painful for me to make--one I have struggled and lost much sleep over. However, at the strong encouragement of business consultants, and in the face of the harsh economic conditions this last year, I have been forced to face the reality that ER cannot continue. I am proud to have produced 84 issues of ER over the last nine years. I have put my heart and soul into each-and-every issue. I am pleased to have interviewed so many individuals who were responsible for building our rocket community. I love this publication and its loyal readers who have continually written and encouraged me over the years. You are simply amazing people. Thank you so much for your support and allowing me the opportunity to put my love for rocketry in a magazine. I hope you will cherish the issues you’ve received and have fond memories of Extreme Rocketry magazine during its brief existence in this world."

A letter to subscribers explaining the business closure has been included in the recent mailing.

I have to admit that I dropped my subscription in favor of ROCKETS and LAUNCH, which I also later dropped. Unfortunately, my rocket budget has been squeezed as well. I guess it is looking like an affiliation with a national organization, NAR (Sport Rocketry) or TRA (ROCKETS), is a necessary condition in today's economy. I hope it is also a sufficient condition.