Now that my parents are empty nesters, a lot of time has been dedicated to decluttering our house and prepping my parents for the eventual downsize they will make away from my childhood home. Along with the years of mile-long CVS receipts and unused coupons we saved, we have stumbled across countless childhood memories – and dug up some stories I would have never heard otherwise.
One of the most exciting revelations was that my dad, longtime reporter Steve Krafft, was a freelance writer for a handful of magazines in the late 90s while I was growing up. Who knew that my passion for writing is genetic and pre-dates when I could even write my own name?
Imagine my surprise to find out that some of these magazines are the same ones I write client features for today. My name and my writing sits in some of the same places his did – 20+ years later! Among the recognizable are East Valley Tribune and Scottsdale Magazine, which ran from 1976 to 1980 as Scottsdale Quarterly, changed names and continued until 1998.
It looks like the years of answering writing prompts before we were allowed to eat Cheerios for breakfast finally paid off!