In 1997, the Tribune launched a weekly guide of places to go and things to do called Get Out. Every Thursday, it offered readers comprehensive coverage of local restaurants, music, arts, nightclubs and other attractions.
Over nearly a dozen years, Get Out interviewed entertainment’s biggest stars appearing on Valley stages and screens. Musicians like Madonna, Garth Brooks and Ozzy Osbourne. Actors like Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and Harrison Ford.
Week in and week out, Get Out informed readers of the next big thing from the Valley, whether it was up-and-coming local bands like Jimmy Eat World and The Format, or a first-time author like Stephenie Meyer about to publish her debut novel, “Twilight.”
To paraphrase Bob Dylan, though, the times a-changed. Today, the same information that once made Get Out so valuable is just a few keystrokes away on hundreds — no, thousands — of local Web sites. Newspapers and magazines across the country have to adjust to this new paradigm.
So, on Christmas Day, the Tribune will print the 605th and final issue of Get Out. The brand name will live on, in some form or another, on the Tribune’s Web site. For the printed version of Get Out, though, it’s the end of a long and satisfying run.
We invited staffers, past and present, to share their memories. Read what they had to say and share your memories by posting a comment below.