Our 40th anniversary edition is on newsstands! Here, a sneak peek of a few tidbits from our 40-year timeline.

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Our 40th anniversary edition is on newsstands! For this massive project, we divvied up the duty of reading every issue of Columbus Monthly, from the June 1975 issue whose cover asked "Will Victorian Village Make It?" (Uh, yep. Sure did.) to our May 2015 issue. It's been a great adventure and a learning experience that has given all of us a better understanding of the magazine and the city.

Here, a sneak peek of a few tidbits from our 40-year timeline:

1976

Larry Flynt moves to Bexley. "The community eyebrows of the exclusive eastern suburb tilted quickly upward late in January when the word went out that Larry Flynt, the flamboyant and controversial publisher of Columbus-based Hustler magazine, had agreed to purchase for $375,000 a mansion that sits on South Columbia Avenue directly across the street from the Columbus School for Girls."

1981

The magazine devotes a cover story to job prospects in the '80s. The hottest career? Computer sciences. Teaching, journalism and manufacturing fall on the bottom of the list.

1986

Jon Christensen reviews The Refectory and heaps praise upon the whole Dover sole ($15.95): "It had been breaded extremely lightly and deftly sauteed in butter, just enough to cook it through and give it that hot buttery taste without drying it out or hurting the delicate, fresh consistency."

1994

Amid scuttlebutt that Columbus would soon get a professional sports team, one writer argues "Seven reasons Columbus will never have a big-league sports franchise." He counts money, Ohio State University and geography among them.

2002

Mayor Coleman focuses on revitalizing a desolate Downtown. "The mayor thinks he can turn a disconnected sea of speedy traffic and parking lots into a beautiful, bustling residential district. Is his Downtown plan a pipe dream?" asks writer Dan Williamson.

2004

Writer Charlie Toft reflects on the final days of Lazarus, the beloved 95-year-old department store: "And in its final week, Lazarus was reduced to its barest essentials, its most unwanted merchandise: even the counters, display cases and desks-the store's skeleton-were priced to move."

2011

Ron Pizzuti's latest plan for a development in the Short North has stalled. But when it does come to fruition, Columbus Monthly says: "It promises to be a game-changer for the area. The proposal features the trendy neighborhood's first hotel and multi-level parking structure (buildings taller than most along that stretch of the city), state-of-the-art office space and an art collection to rival some museums."