b'T herewasafamily-ownedmy thoughts were if we made it thirtyand entertain, all the while traveling pizza place in our town thatyears I would call it a success.Thistotheendsofthecontinenttonot made Roman-Style pizza formonth,MCGturnsthirty-fiveyearsonlyfindthatcontent,buttohawk longer than many of us canold, my business partner is now oversubscriptions and bring back enough recall.ForBatonRougeten years gone from the company, butmoney to compensate our dedicated nativesitwassomethingyoujustmanyofthesystemsheputintoand talented staff that are responsible grew up with.The ovens were old,motion are still used in doing what weforkeepingtheMCGtrainrolling the place was purposely not modern- do.I must say, looking back over thealong come hell or high water.Over ized, and the pizza, I think its safe toyears, it has been an amazing ride. those thirty-five years, we have never say,wasunduplicatedanywhereinWeve been on the brink of bankrupt- missedasingleissue(knockon the world.Baton Rouge is not knowncy several times, dealt with printerswood)!I cannot overstate what a feat forverymanythings,butthistowngoingoutofbusiness,distributerthat is; it is definitely unduplicated in lovesitsLSUFightingTigersandbankruptcies, paperembargos,the Mopar world, and the thing I think FleurdeLispizza.Anyonewhoswrecksontheroad,hurricanes,Im the most proud of.Despite hurri-ever lived here for any length of timefloods,tornadoes,illnesses,andcanes,longpoweroutages,floods, alwaystriestoreturnbacktheredeathsofemployeesandfriends.deaths, weve never failed to meet a whentheyvisitforatasteoftheirYouknow, theverysamekindofpublishing deadline. childhood.In 2021, one of the twothings Im sure life has thrown at youThe two main reasons weve sisterswhoownedtherestaurantover the years.The only complaintbeen able to do this at MCG for so passedaway,andtheother,whoIabout my job I have is that despitelong is not only because of how ded-believe was well into her seventies,lifes inevitable trails and tribulations,icated our staff is, but also how dedi-couldnt find anyone to help work, sothere is never any time to kick backcated all of you are.Without every sherecentlylockedthedoorsandand coast.As soon as each monthsone of our subscribers and advertis-walked away.The moral of this storymagazineisdone,itstimetostarters, who literally finance this opera-is, nothing in this world lasts forever. another.Thereisareasonothertion,andalso,constantlyfeedus Everything we love, be it a restaurant,Moparmagazinescomeouteveryinformation on the rare cars and cool a band, a music venue, or a maga- other month;because it gives thempartstheyfindoutthere,wewould zine, is only here for a finite amountsomewhatofabuffertonavigatehave never have been able to survive of time.My advice to you is to savorthose bumps in the road.Thats notthis long.Outsiders look at MCG and whatever it is you love in life, becausethe case for us here at MCG, there isscratch their head as to how a motley there is no guarantee its going to benorestfortheweary.Everythirtycrewofunder-educated,under-con-here tomorrow.daysforthelastthirty-fiveyears,nected,non-corporate,unfunded, When John Ellis and I startedwevedeliveredahundredorsoAverage Joes can still be publishing MoparCollectorsGuideMagazine,pages of content to inspire, enlighten,a monthly paper magazine thats both 6 MOPAR COLLECTORS GUIDE'