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September 17, 2009


If you’ve made it this far into our website, you’re probably now wondering, “Who are these people?” and “Why did they sponsor this contest?”  Well, my name is Joseph DeMare and my friend, Ujjvala, and I started this website for several reasons.

The immediate impetus came as a result of the Obama campaign.  I worked every spare minute to get Obama elected for almost two years.  I knocked on thousands of doors, and Obama carried the conservative little community I live in by something like 70%, an unheard of margin for a Democratic candidate.  So, when the Inauguration came, I traveled to Washington, D.C. for the swearing in.  The experiences I had there were intense and moving,.  Physically, it was grueling.  I estimated that I walked nearly 4 miles that day.  As a social event, it was unprecedented.  Two million people gathered together in the freezing cold, and not a single voice was raised in anger.  The peace and joy that we all felt was overwhelming.  We will probably never see anything like that event again in our lifetimes.  I kept notes of my experience and wrote an account of what happened for my friends and family.  Their response was universal—“You should get this published!”  I tried sending my story to several newspapers and magazines and got no response.  You can read my account in the next blog entry.  It occurred to me that I couldn’t be the only one of the two million people who were there that day to have a story to tell.  I also noticed that the mainstream media seemed to want to forget the Inauguration as soon as it was over.  Just a few days after one of the largest mass gatherings in the history of the United States, not a word about it could be found in the news.

This is where my friend, Ujjvala, comes in.  We have kept in touch since we first met in the Creative Writing Club at Centerville High School more than 30 years ago.  Since then, we have both found that we can’t stop writing.  She will probably tell you more in her blog entries, but she does very personal and moving poetry as well as science writing.  She read my Inauguration story and suggested that I publish it myself.  There followed many long distance conversations.  She lives in Savannah, Georgia and I live in Toledo, Ohio (hence the name Mason-Dixon).  We decided to: pool our resources; take out loans; and start our own publishing house.

For me, this publishing company also represents a chance to do something about a growing problem in our society which has been building up for many years.  As fewer companies own more media outlets, the amount and quality of useful information available to us has been diminishing rapidly.  Most Americans can now rattle off the names of the drugs that killed Micheal Jackson, but almost no American knows that the Davis-Besse nuclear plant near Toledo came within 1/16th of an inch of melting down and making Ohio and large parts of Canada uninhabitable for hundreds of years.  We need a publishing company that creates truthful, useful and real products.  This first book, I was there: Stories from Barack Obama’s Inauguration, is a perfect example.  We came together as a Nation to do something that no one thought we could do.  That is something worth remembering , and that is the kind of story we want to publish.

Please help us.   


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