The Payload interview
He was once introduced to an American journalist by a prominent industry executive as the Ã¢â‚¬ËœPope of cargoÃ¢â‚¬™, to which Payload Asia co-founder, publisher, editor, salesman and general industry provocateur replied: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Slowly, slowly. IÃ¢â‚¬™m not HolyÃ¢â‚¬Â¦yet.Ã¢â‚¬Â Donald Urquhart finds out how the magazine came into being.
September 1, 2009
goes back half a dozen years, first bumping into him at various press conferences when I was working as a newspaper journalist in Singapore and then over the last couple of years when I was hired to replace him as editor of Payload Asia, I knew this was not going to be a normal interview.
A bottle of Chardonnay, some lessons in magazine printing and air cargo history and enough amusing anecdotes to fill a book later, I had my interview. Now all I had to do was compress the substantive, yet barely surface scratching summation of 25 years of the industry into a couple of Payload Asia pages.
The first clue that this was not going to be a standard interview came when I called Nol to arrange it. While I canÃ¢â‚¬™t print exactly the words he used, suffice to say he was Ã¢â‚¬ËœsurprisedÃ¢â‚¬™ it was 25 years since he made his foray into the air cargopublishing world.