Political upheaval, new advances in technology, and an upward movement in the Dow.
I’m not writing about this year. I’m referring to 1972. Watergate started with a politically motivated burglary, leading to a political scandal that ultimately resulted in President Nixon’s resignation. 1972 also saw the launch of Atari and the release of their exciting new video game, Pong. Hewlett Packard introduced the first scientific handheld calculator. As for the Dow, it broke through a 1,000-point ceiling for the first time (it’s currently around 36,000).
’72 was also the year the Eagles released their self-titled debut album which included songs like “Take It Easy” and “Peaceful Easy Feeling.” Stevie Wonder released Talking Book with “Superstition” and “You are the Sunshine of My Life.” The Godfather thrilled theater audience’s nationwide. Franco Harris made the “Immaculate Reception” in a playoff game between the Steelers and the Raiders. And terror raised its ugly head at the 1972 Olympics in Munich.
This was the year that we were born as a company. 1972 was when Gilmour and Gail Lake sat at their kitchen table and envisioned the service that seeded our growth for the past 50 years. From two founders to fifty employee-owners; from knocking on doctor’s office doors to sophisticated data exchanges with major EHRs; from sitting on the floor sorting mail to deploying hundreds of thousands of patient communications by text, email, phone, and (still) mail; we have had a remarkable journey that is worthy of celebration.
Much has changed since our inception, but the one constant through the years has been the commitment of our people and the support of folks like you. During 2022 we will celebrate our 50th anniversary by featuring the stories of the people who’ve made Encore Exchange what it is today. We’ll also share how our experiences over the last half century are shaping the future.
Please join us on this journey through the past, and into the future.