8 Days Celebrates our Fortieth Anniversary!
We’ve come a long way since 1976. As Americans, we celebrated our bicentennial in that year, proving that with a little belief, and whole lot of hard work, an enduring nation could be built and sustained for two centuries on the principles laid out by a few brave and forward thinking men and women. In 1976 we were in the midst of a worldwide crises with inflation, Gerald Ford was the president, and Hurricane Belle pummeled the east coast, not unlike Hurricane Matthew in 2016. In 1976 a new car could be bought for scantly more than $3,000. The airwaves were alive with sounds of Elton John, The Bay City Rollers, Wings, and Diana Ross. The “Big Red Machine” of Cincinnati swept the New York Yankees in the World Series, and the Pittsburg Steelers, with Terry Bradshaw at the helm, were Super Bowl champions. Throngs of leisure suit clad revelers swarmed into discos, and most Americans hadn’t the slightest idea about what would soon be known the world over as “punk rock.”
There’s no doubt some major things happened in 1976. The first space shuttle, the Enterprise, was unveiled at Cape Canaveral, and the world’s first commercial supersonic airliner, the Concorde, would make its first trans-Atlantic flight. These were major events in the history of aviation to be sure, but 1976 also saw a few humble entrepreneurs begin a storied journey that would forever change the course of the world.
In Palo Alto, California, two young, ambitious entrepreneurs, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak formed Apple Computer. Wozniak and Jobs worked out of a garage, tinkering with transistors, and soldering circuit boards, hoping to create a computer that everyday consumers could use in their homes. The rest was, like they say, history.
In Boulder, Colorado, a young couple, Sam and Cheryl Sussman, began a small, neighborhood general store named after a Beatles lyric, 8 Days a Week. 8 Days a Week was envisioned as a place one could go for a newspaper, a cup of soup and sandwich, a smile, and a warm sense of community. Because many stores like this “back East” had a photocopier available for public use, Sam and Cheryl decided that they would have one too. To say, at this point, the rest is history might be true, but it would only serve to devalue a long, epic journey that began with a modest general store, and forty years later, finds that same young couple, a few years older, with a thriving digital imaging and printshop.