What Lou Kachigian Gave Me

TulsaKids founder Lou Kachigian passed away on January 3, 2018.

Most of us never know the impact we may have on another person’s life. Lou Kachigian, who passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 3, touched my life by offering me a job.

More than 20 years ago, Lou invited me to talk with her about editing TulsaKids Magazine. We met at the Marquette playground, sat on a bench and talked. I didn’t know Lou at the time, but had been doing freelance writing and some teaching. She was enthusiastic, fun and self-deprecating. Evidently, she liked my writing. With three young children, I was busy enough, but Lou opened a door for me. I walked through it, and I’m still here almost 25 years later.

The office where I started wasn’t the first TulsaKids location, but it’s interesting to note that it was in the building on Brady Street, currently occupied by Glacier Confection and other shops in the Tulsa Arts District before that existed.

Lou was creative and had big plans for TulsaKids. Before she realized that there were parenting publications in many cities around the U.S., she thought she might be invited to go on Oprah to talk about this unique publication niche. That never happened, but I always thought that Lou would have been entertaining in an interview by Oprah.

Regardless, Lou helped start a product for area families that is still in publication many years later. TulsaKids has grown and changed over the years, but Lou was in on building the foundation.

When Lou gave me the chance to become editor of TulsaKids, I was well aware that she was taking a chance. I have always remembered how that felt and have tried to be helpful in similar ways to other people throughout my life because of Lou’s support of me. It may have been a small thing, but not to me. It shows how a small gesture can, in fact, change the trajectory of a person’s life. I only worked with Lou for a few months before she sold the publication, but I will always be grateful for the opportunity that she gave me.

Read Betty Casey's interview with Lou Kachigan from our July 2012 issue here

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Betty Casey has been editor of TulsaKids for over 20 years – her youngest child was 3-years-old when she started working for the magazine. She and her husband Wes have three young adult children. Betty’s blog ranges from writing about current issues or information of interest to local parents, reflecting on her life without kids at home, and posting a few recipes now and then. (Cooking and running are two or her favorite past-times.) Betty is the author/illustrator of three children’s books, "May Finds Her Way," "That is a Hat" and "The Prince of the Prairie" (The RoadRunner Press). She was named Blogger of the Year in 2014 by The Great Plains Journalism Awards, was a finalist in 2015 and won again in 2016. Most recently, she was named the 2017 News Blogger of the Year. She has also won numerous writing awards from the Parenting Media Association.

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