From an interesting article in the Summer 1998 issue of ArcNews called “Twenty Years of ArcNews: Longest Running Continuously Published Periodical Devoted to GIS“…
“The year was 1979, Esri employed all of 50 people, and Jack Dangermond had recently returned from mainland China. Jack sent out a memorandum at that time to Esri users. The memo began, ‘Several organizations we’ve worked with recently have expressed their interest in ongoing, free flowing communications between themselves and Esri. The attached newsletter is intended to be a step in that direction.'”
What started more than 30 years ago as a simple, typed newsletter has evolved into a world-class magazine that reaches more than a million professionals every quarter. From the archives of the Esri Library, here is the complete first issue with cover memorandum. And you’ve got to love that groovy logo.
Read the newsletter [PDF]