Written by Kristi Mayo, Publisher | Editor
On September 27, 2020, Evidence Technology Magazine co-founder Gary
Gulick—my business partner, mentor, friend… my dad—passed away at his home in
Kearney, Missouri at the age of 82. In the intervening weeks, I have written
his obituary for the local papers, looked through old photos, laughed, and
cried. And now I am attempting to write one last tribute in the pages of this
magazine, the creation that brought him a sense of immense pride.
The idea for Evidence
Technology Magazine grew out of Gary’s experience writing catalogs,
newsletters, and other marketing materials for the Lynn Peavey Company, a
manufacturer of crime scene and forensic supplies located in Lenexa, Kansas. I
grew up listening to Gary talk about superglue fuming and fingerprint powders.
Of course, I listened to him talk about a lot of other things, because his
interests and experiences were incredibly varied, and he always immersed
himself in whatever topic came across his desk.
Gary began his career in
advertising as a copywriter in the mid-1960s. One of the first major accounts
that he worked on was Beech Aircraft, and while researching the industry, he
fell in love with aviation. His work kept him around a lot of pilots and small
aircraft, so he used the opportunity to learn to fly.
Later, after launching his
freelance career, Gary worked on a number of industrial accounts, including
manufacturers in the road-construction industry. I spent part of my childhood accompanying
him on photo missions to asphalt plants and learning the finer details of
milling machines and road pavers.
And then, of course, there was
the crime scene stuff. My dad’s work on the Lynn Peavey newsletter, The
Daily Hound, helped put me through college—so I guess I figured the least I
could do once I graduated was help him with his marketing business. In 2001 I
left the University of Missouri–Kansas City (of which Gary and I are both
alumni) with a degree in Creative Writing and Journalism, set up a desk in my
dad’s basement home office, and went to work for The Wordsmith.
Then 9/11 happened. Business
slowed. Gary and I found ourselves with some extra time on our hands. So, this
little idea that he and I had both been kicking around for a few years gradually
solidified itself into a real, living, breathing magazine. In May 2003, we
launched Evidence Technology Magazine. With his hand firmly planted in
the center of my back, Gary pushed me toward the helm as Editor in Chief, while
he assumed the role of Publisher. We moved out of that home office into a real
office-building suite. He gave me the corner office.
We knew very little about
publishing a magazine—only enough, he would say, to get ourselves into trouble.
But our fledgling publication grabbed a foothold, was embraced by the crime
scene and forensic science community, and somehow found its way ahead. More
than 17 years later, Evidence Technology Magazine is still plugging
If it seems this In Memoriam
has turned into a Brief History of Evidence Technology Magazine, there’s
a good reason for that: This is the story Gary would have told. He was so proud
of this thing that we created, together. I’m proud of it, too. And I’m proud of
And wow. I’m going to miss him.