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Thank You

Today the United States pauses for a moment to honor a great man and a fallen leader. Regardless of your politics, most of us would say Martin Luther King, Jr. was a man who changed a generation and beyond for the better. He pushed forward for those who could not speak for themselves. It was the civil rights movement that served as the catalyst for other minorities to experience equal treatment be they handicapped, or a minority by race, religion, gender, or sexual preference, MLK marked the way for all of us to live as equals. Are things perfect? Not even close. However, they are a thousand miles better than the world that Dr. King grew up in and tried to change.
I write this with full knowledge that there are some prejudices I will never know. I am a white, protestant, heterosexual man. Some may say I don’t have the right to incorporate Dr. King. However, without his leadership people like my ancestors would have never had their minds changed. My forefathers may not have been progressives that included those that were different at their table. My father, by contrast, taught me that everyone should be treated equally and with respect. It doesn’t matter the color of a man’s skin, to quote Dr. King, but it’s what’s inside that counts. We all owe a debt of gratitude to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for beginning the process of moving from darkness to the light of equality.
It has been talked about before on a number of our shows about standing on the shoulders of giants. Dr. King was one of those giants for our society. For that, we owe him and those who supported his efforts our eternal thanks. Our children should one day stand on our shoulders and reach heights we only dream of. It is with this idea in mind that I would like to say thank you to two giants I feel have come before me professionally.
First is Leo Laporte. If you are unfamiliar with Leo, indulge me for a moment. He was not the first podcaster, but he has been one of the best and a pioneer in the field of podcasting. Leo began This Week in Tech, and the network TWiT, after parting ways with Tech TV. It has grown into a network of more than twenty shows and millions of listeners and viewers. Leo has lead the way by staying independent and blazing the trail for those who are behind. I’m not saying Internet broadcasting wouldn’t have happened, but Leo has certainly made the path easier for those who have come after him.
My second thank you goes to Gary Kayye. Gary is a trailblazer in the world of AV publishing in that he set out to do a complete on-line publication in a day and age when magazines ruled. He had a string of successful office jobs at Extron and AMX, so he didn’t have to go into publication. Gary certainly didn’t need to go up against EH Publishing with CE Pro or SCN Magazine and other established traditional publications, but he did. He started out as an email newsletter and that grew into a website with bloggers, videos, and industry news. Gary blazing the way made the path clear for AVNation, The AV Professional, AV Shout, and other AV professionals with their own blogs. Gary was among the first in starting rAVe Publications.
To both of you gentlemen I say thank you. Without your shoulders to stand on the way would have been much harder for this little network we are building. Keep up the good work, there are those behind us that one day will stand on your shoulders as well. Thank you.

About Author

Tim Albright is the founder of AVNation and is the driving force behind the AVNation network. He carries the InfoComm CTS, a B.S. from Greenville College and is pursuing an M.S. in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. When not steering the AVNation ship, Tim has spent his career designing systems for churches both large and small, Fortune 500 companies, and education facilities.

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