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Randy L. Neil

By Barbara A. Newcomer

Professional experience. Starting point:
William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas---advertising/radio & television major. Along the way: 30 years experience in direct mail, print media, public relations, catalog design, web design & management, and teacher in marketing principles. High-end computer graphic artist. Even a stint as a producer for four television specials for CBS-TV in 1978-81. More details…

Randy went to work as a reporter for United Press International right out of college. In 1963, he joined the staff of the Kansas City Chiefs who had just moved to KC from Dallas. He started their cheerleading program and, in 1965, he founded the International Cheerleading Foundation and served as its CEO for 30 years. Under contract (still) to Simon & Schuster, Randy wrote the definitive textbook on cheerleading (The Official Cheerleaders Handbook, 1979) which reached The New York Times Best Seller List. In 1978 thru 1981, he executive produced the National Collegiate Cheerleading Championships for Coca-Cola, McDonald's, Buick Motor Division & CBS-TV.

American Classic Screen magazine

In 1976, Randy founded and was elected the first president of the National Film Society, the film industry’s non-profit association devoted to the preservation of the heritage, artifacts and history of the American motion picture. Randy’s work together with the Society’s archives are housed in the Margaret Herrick Library at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in Beverly Hills, California. In 1978, he started and became publisher of American Classic Screen magazine and simultaneously began a four-year stint, with singer Mel Torme, as co-MC of Hollywood's annual Artistry in Cinema Awards. In that same year, he received the National Film Achievement Award from WOMPI, the Women of the Motion Picture Industry in Hollywood.

U.S. Stamps & Postal History magazine

American Stamp Dealer and Collector magazine

Predating all of the above, Randy’s background in the stamp collecting hobby began when he was 14 years old and became a columnist for the old Weekly Philatelic Gossip magazine. A proponent for progress in the hobby, Randy founded the MIDAPHIL national stamp show and the Collectors Club of Kansas City in 1971 and the American Association of Philatelic Exhibitors in 1986. As president of the American Philatelic Society in 1993-97, he originated its John K. Tiffany Endowment Fund and brought a youthful group of new leaders and committee chairmen to the 110-year old organization. He has written and/or published five books in the hobby. In 2000, he received, in the same year, the APS’s John N. Luff Life Achievement award, the U.S. Philatelic Classic Society's Distinguished Philatelist Award---and was inducted into the APS Writers Unit Hall of Fame.

In 1992, Randy founded and began publishing (with John Hotchner as editor) U.S. Stamps & Postal History magazine, a slick paper bi-monthly magazine which rose in circulation to nearly 10,000 subscribers before it was sold in 1995 to Minkus Publications. It continues today as U.S. Stamp News under publisher John Dunn; Hotchner continues as editor.

In 1996, Randy established Neil Creative Media, now NeilPRINTMedia. It has served more than 50 clients in the U.S. and other countrties.

In 2006, Randy was the founding editor and designer of The American Stamp Dealer & Collector magazine, published by the American Stamp Dealers Association. He is also editor of The Philatelic Exhibitor (AAPE) and The Confederate Philatelist for the Confederate Stamp Alliance.

Neil PRINT Media’s services are underpinned by state-of-the art computer hardware and software applications---including Adobe InDesign, Dreamweaver, Flash, Illustrator and Photoshop applications (also including applications for JavaScript, Shopping Cart, and Microsoft Active Server Pages)---plus full web hosting services. Complete facilities for writing, designing and publishing for every conceivable print medium.



Randy and granddaughter Angela At left, Randy and
Angela. Grandson Jackson at right.
Jackson Engel