|FROM THIS PUBLICAN'S PERCH
Chris Poh, Editor in Chief
A friend inquired about the
possibility of featuring a
establishment in this publication. I think he was surprised by the
response which questioned the merits of this well respected edifice of
fine food and drink. "If a great space, with a fantastic location,
featuring outstanding product and service doesn't warrant inclusion
what does," he asked? My answer was simply this, "...community."
The worth of a public house is measured by the efforts of
its patrons, owners and staff to establish a space that welcomes
everyone as equals and treats all who enter with the same regard and
respect. It is a community that provides comfort, wise counsel and
is the family front
porch of a bygone era,
the parliament of the common man.
In this first issue, our staff's explorations remained
close to home. This being a shared belief that one should celebrate and
appreciate one's own backyard before venturing over the fence. Future
editions will include images and stories from pubs located throughout
North America with occasional forays beyond.
As the content of this first run came together it was apparent that it
was heavily influenced by the spirit and the traditions of those who
inhabit the British Isles. This was much more a case of serendipity
than a function of design. Had this outcome been a matter of planning,
we would not have overlooked those bold Tudors who ascended the English
throne under Henry the VII. Before our time is done, the editorial
staff will make every effort to recognize the people of Wales and their
generous contributions to the life and legacy of the public house.
|As to the fate of the next issue of AMERICAN PUBLIC
well, our roving correspondents have given me every assurance that they
are getting ready to get off their bar stools, settle up with the
proprietor, and head home to write their stories. The second issue
explores several locations that have played significant roles in our
nation's military history. From the Revolution to the Second World War.
NEXT MONTH'S JOURNEY will
include stops in Newport, Gettysburg, San
Antonio, and Glastonbury, England.