As PMQ celebrates its 20th anniversary, we honor the past and look forward to the future in this special oral history.
PMQ’s founders and longtime team members reflect on two decades of progress, pranks, pitfalls and pizza.
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Rick: I maintain that pizza is the world's most popular food, the world's greatest food. Pizza lifts spirits and brings people together. So as a longtime journalist who now covers the pizza industry, I feel like I've won the lottery for sure. I don't have to deal with crooked politicians or write about heinous crimes and car wrecks. I work at an office with a pizza oven and a pizza kitchen and a pizza chef! I mean, how lucky can you get?
Steve: We’ll continue to balance what our readers want to see with what they need to see. And the other question is, how are they going to see it? Content that puts money in their pockets—that’s always been the main purpose of PMQ. One thing our readers will see more is video.
Linda: It’s so heartwarming and exciting to get feedback from the industry. It’s nice to know when you work so hard that you help change lives. We hear great success stories from pizzerias, and that’s why we continue to grow. It’s a win for everybody.
PMQ started as a family business, and all three of our children have been involved in it. They’d walk the trade shows with us. Now, our daughter is our international correspondent. Many of our employees have worked for us for a long time. People work hard, stay with us, and have the same passion for the industry as we do.
Steve: We’re directly having an impact on people’s families. When you think about our readers and all the people they connect with, it’s a great honor to be in their lives and possibly have a positive impact on them, their employees and their vendors. It’s a whole domino effect.
Interviews have been edited and condensed for length, content and clarity.