Page 309 - ShowSight, March 2020
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                                Every ship must have a captain. We are so grateful you were ours.
AraMedia Publications has lost its beloved Editor Emeritus. For decades, Joe McGinnis stood at the helm of our publications (ShowSight, TNT, The Orient Express and many others)—steering the ship and setting the course. AraMedia is a passion- ate publishing company, but at our heart we are a family of people who have worked together for years. We love one another a great deal, and we are all at a loss for words today, as we say goodbye to our mentor, captain, and dear friend.
After years successfully breeding and showing dogs, Joe founded our publications with his partner, the late Duane Doll. Their goal was simple—to celebrate the beauty of purebred dogs, educate the public on the individual breeds, and shine a spotlight on the hard fought victories in the dog show fancy.
Never one to be idle, Joe had become an AKC Judge for his beloved Pekingese Breed, and was also an accomplished writer, philanthropist, music producer, song- writer, singer, Tony Award Winning Broadway producer and devoted family member.
The body of work Joe leaves behind is nothing short of extraordinary. We feel that the best way to honor his staggering legacy is to keep moving forward his mission of championing the dog show world he loved.
Joe is survived by: his brother Charles McGinnis (Patty); sisters Elizabeth Strod- man (Tom) , Mary McGinnis, and Barbara ‘Totsy’ Moake (Rick); partner Zell von Pohlman. multiple nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Joe was pre- ceded in death by his parents, Joseph, Sr. and Harriet Mae (Birmingham) McGinnis, and husband, Duane Doll.
Our hearts go out to all of them at this difficult time—and to Joe’s vast extended family of friends throughout the dog show world, entertainment industry and beyond.

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