Silicon Insider: Death of a Magazine

We reminded each other of what we had accomplished. How we had done some of the finest work of our lives on this magazine. How we had presided over some of the best journalism of our era. How that work would live on in books, classrooms and on television. And how, in the process, we'd become a family that could endure even being torn apart.

And then we started laughing. And we were still laughing when the sad-faced HR lady came into the room to tell us our fate.

I now find myself in the position of the writers I read about as a boy, with their references to jobs at long lost-magazines like Liberty and True. Now I have just such a biography.

I know that in the months ahead, as the economy begins to pick up speed, as the few surviving magazines in our category become the beneficiaries of the advertising that would have been ours, that I'll have a few moments of bitterness.

At those times I'll wish, as I ponder the history of the last six months, that like a good editor I could pick up the phone and shout, "Get me rewrite."

Michael S. Malone, once called “the Boswell of Silicon Valley,” most recently was editor-at-large of Forbes ASAP magazine. His work as the nation’s first daily high-tech reporter at the San Jose Mercury-News sparked the writing of his critically acclaimed The Big Score: The Billion Dollar Story of Silicon Valley, which went on to become a public TV series. He has written several other highly praised business books and a novel about Silicon Valley, where he was raised. For more, go to Forbes.com.

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