Where were you in 1989?
1989, the same year the Berlin Wall came down and the first episode of the Simpson's was broadcast, 2 people started a business to serve the photographic and technical needs of the printing industry. Our firm, originally called "Zone V Lithographic Prepress," opened up shop at the base of Central Avenue in downtown Albany.
The exact date of inception was February 15th. On this date in 1989, two earth-shattering events happened – the Soviets announced that all of its troops had left Afghanistan, ending 9 years of military occupation, and a young Todd Mosher started the journey of creative firm ownership and management.
Over the next two decades Zone 5 grew in size and service, adding creative staff and offering new services such as Web development, marketing, public relations and exhibit design. After taking a few years to "find ourselves" in the suburbs, in 2007 we moved back to a resurgent downtown Albany into a 100-year old refurbished building. 18 years and 28 people later we found ourselves at 25 Monroe Street, right in the heart of the creative district, with the Palace Theatre, the Albany Symphony and Capital Repertory Theater in the immediate neighborhood.
This year, Zone 5 celebrates its 20th anniversary as a provider of creative services and products to businesses and organizations in the Capital Region and beyond. To mark this celebration, we will celebrate in grand fashion on our outdoor deck on Friday, June 12. (Click here for more details.)
Other famous events on February 15th:
1764: The City of St. Louis is established
1879: President Rutherford B. Hayes signs a bill allowing female attorneys to argue cases before the Supreme Court
1952: England's King George VI is buried in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle
1965: A new red-and-white maple leaf design is adopted as the flag of Canada, replacing the old Canadian Red Ensign banner
1972: Sound recordings are granted U.S. federal copyright protection for the first time
2001: First draft of the complete Human Genome is published in Nature
2005: YouTube, the popular Internet site on which videos may be shared and viewed by others, is launched in the United States