This year marks a milestone for Over The Mountain Journal, as we celebrate our 30th anniversary serving the communities of Mountain Brook, Homewood, Vestavia Hills, Hoover and North Shelby County.
Looking back at our first issue, published on Aug. 2, 1990, we started as we meant to go on: making it our mission to highlight the interesting people and exciting events that make Over the Mountain life so enjoyable. The OTMJ debuted with a profile of Mike Thompson and the 1990 PGA Golf Tournament Championship at Shoal Creek, an interview with local golf legend Hubert Green, “A Day in the Life” of meteorologist Jerry Tracey, and more.
Over the years, we’ve written about the achievements of area students in the classroom as well as in extracurricular activities. Many of these young people, like their parents, have distinguished themselves by the commitments they’ve made to help make the world a better place. We love telling their stories.
Events and galas, mostly virtual these days, have played a big part in our editorial coverage. Shining a light on people and the causes they support has been both fun and gratifying.
Our message from the beginning was that we were “all about you.” We have stayed true to that focus over the last 30 years. That’s been made possible, even in challenging times like these, thanks to the support of local advertisers interested in reaching the best readers in the state. Year after year, that’s the greatest birthday present we could possibly receive.
—Maury Wald, publisher
Over The Mountain Journal