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by Chris Poh, Editor in Chief 
Chris IntroA friend inquired about the possibility of featuring a particular establishment in this publication. I think he was surprised by the rapid 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 camaraderie. It is the family front porch of a bygone era, and 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 HOUSE REVIEW; 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.
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