Publishing House may move

Posted on Aug 20th, 2012 at 12:16 PM

By Rich Peck

Neil Alexander has announced that the United Methodist Publishing House may move to a new location in 2014. That is a major milestone, since the publishing arm of the denomination has been located at 201 8th Ave. South since 1957.

The word “may” should be underlined, because there are many details to be worked out. But, the value of the property must have skyrocketed since the old bus station has been replaced with a state-of-the-arts convention center.

I began work in that building in 1977 when people could visit three 40-foot-long  4-color presses that crowded the second floor. The presses made so much noise that tour guides could not be heard. Explanations had to be provided before and after the tours.

As the only member of the clergy on the first floor of that building on 8th Avenue South, whenever a transient person would cross from the bus station to ask to visit with a clergyperson, I was summoned. Most of the time they were looking for food and shelter;  we were fortunate to have a place nearby that provided both.

Twenty years ago, the publishing house got out of the printing business, and a new distribution center was built in Metro Center.  We no longer needed tour guides as visitors were not interested in seeing editors stare at computer screens.

I worked for the publishing house for 25 years and watched the move from letterpress to offset printing and the move from memory typewriters to computers. 

When I began working for the publishing house in 1972, our editorial offices for Together/Today were in Park Ridge, Ill. We would occasionally visit Nashville to see how people in the subscription department would use memory typewriters to send bills and to see how the magazines were typeset and printed.

Today magazine folded in 1975, and I moved to Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference until I was called to be editor of Circuit Rider and Newscope in 1977. This time the editorial office was based in Nashville.

A new chapter may begin in 2014.







  1. Memories, memories, memories! :)

    Posted on Aug 20th, 2012 at 4:01 PM by Angela Butler

  2. Dear Rich, I wonder if the March meeting of the National Association of Conf. Presidents for UM Men could help move the Publishing House as a Mission Opportunity during their 4 days together.

    Posted on Aug 26th, 2012 at 4:29 PM by Dave Mendyk

  3. Rich, I don't kow if this is the appropriate venue, but I think the men would be well-served if you wrote some blogs or articles on the featured speakers, etc. to our National Gathering. We need to bang the drums out here in the hustings to get interest in the event. You can help immensely with inside stories about these men that we really don't know!!!

    Posted on Oct 24th, 2012 at 5:55 AM by John Burlew