The Last Letter from the Owner by Jody Mo
Where do I even begin? Looking back over the last 10 years I am filled with so much gratitude and joy having been able to own/publish this great magazine. I remember when I first took over thinking, “Who am I to do this”, “Will people accept me as the new owner”, “Will I be good enough?” I knew I could not compete with the great Joe and Pam legacy, nor did I want to, I just knew I had great shoes to fill and had to believe in myself in order to be successful. Hence the beginning of, “Jody Mo”- with the help and training from Joe and Pam and Freddy P (all previous owners) I began my journey. What a great journey it has been. I have learned so much over the last decade and will forever be grateful to have had the honor and privilege to represent Thunder Roads Magazine of Michigan and the biker community. I truly feel so blessed for having had this experience. I felt like everything in my life had led me up to doing this. There are so many people that have helped me and been a great part of this publication throughout the last decade. I will do my best to mention everyone, but I know there are so many others that I can’t possibly list everyone, but thank you for being a part of something greater than ourselves and helping in whatever ways it was to make this publication what it is, thank you! To everyone that has helped and supported me throughout this journey, thank you! Thank you to the advertisers that have been with me since the beginning and have never stopped supporting the publication (even throughout a pandemic): Tombstone Hearse Co., Hunts Hog Shop, Jason Waechter- The Motorcycle Lawyer, and seasonally Walldorff Brewpub & Bistro, Trackside Food & Sprits, Iron Horse Bar & Grill, Stingers Bar & Grill and events like Bikes on the Bricks, Freedom Fest, Easyriders Rodeo Tour, and Paragon Promotions and so many others that have supported Thunder Roads Michigan each and every year, thank you! Thank you to the readers, my friends as many of you have become throughout the years.
A Decade to Remember…
A Decade of Memories…
Met Some Celebrities…
Made A lot of Friends…
Lastly, but most importantly, thank you to my dad who taught me about riding and working on bikes. So many memories out in my dad’s motorcycle shop- Moe’s Cycle Shop, forever grateful for those times. RIP Moe. Thank you to my mom, many people call her, “Mama Moe” for supporting me by helping me deliver mags all these years and setting up the display at countless events. We have had a lot of fun. Also, thank you to the founders of Thunder Roads, Toni and Brian for giving me a chance and believing in me. I hope that you all will support the new owners as you have done for me. They are such amazing people and have so many wonderful ideas on growing this publication. I could not ask for 2 more perfect people to continue on a cherished magazine, I know it is in good hands. So let’s support them in their new journey as owners/publishers of The Thunder Roads Magazine of Michigan.
Now for some “Mo” Advice: There’s a lot this month
You never know what life has in store for you. Follow your heart and your direction on the path to take will appear. Always believe in yourself. When you no longer are growing then it’s time for a new path. Always live life to the fullest, because you never know if there will be a tomorrow. Do good things in life because Karma is a bitch. Be grateful for what you have in order to get more of it. Take time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Don’t be afraid to love, take chances or fail. None of us get out of here alive, so get to livin’.
God Bless Everyone, Thank You for 10 Amazing Years!
Owner/Publisher of Thunder Roads Magazine of Michigan Signing off