Anniversaries are a good excuse to look back at a past that has shaped our present and places the future in context.
March 1993 seems like yesterday, the month the first issue of Kent Business appeared.
This week, inside most KM Group paid-for titles, you will find a 36-page issue, with a 12-page birthday pullout looking back over 20 momentous years.
In the early 90s, it was a bold move by the KM Group to add a dedicated business title - soon dubbed the pink ‘un after the colour of its newsprint - to its stable of daily, weekly and niche publications.
Just as now, we were in recession. Advertising was a challenge. Business journalism was regarded by colleagues as rather boring, certainly not as exciting as the world of hard news, crime, animals, family and sport.
But thanks to the enthusiasm for business of my talented late colleague Brian Paine, who edited specialist publications at the time and with whom I had worked in the Middle East, Kent Business came out on time, with good luck tributes from Robin Leigh-Pemberton, governor of the Bank of England, Michael Howard, then MP for Folkestone and Hythe, Sir Alastair Morton, then chief executive of Eurotunnel, Sir Michael Angus, Kent-based CBI president, and Alex King, deputy KCC leader.
And, 240 issues later, it’s still standing, thanks to support from our advertisers, contributors and readers of what I hope is a stimulating editorial offering. Three senior figures who wished us well have kindly contributed to the 20th birthday issue, along with Lord Digby Jones, Allan Willett, former Lord Lieutenant of Kent, Amanda Cottrell, chairman of VisitKent, and several business leaders. I am grateful for their generous words.
Over the years, business - often written off by newsroom colleagues as "boring" - became more exciting, transformed by the credit crunch, Robert Peston, bailouts of Northern Rock, RBS and Lloyds TSB, whopping banker bonuses, and the collapse of the likes of Lehman Brothers. Suddenly, business writing became the new rock ‘n’ roll.
Like sports reporting, a patch I enjoyed before setting up the KM Group business desk, it has similar elements of drama, triumph and disaster, victory and defeat, hubris and nemesis, greed and altruism, hire and fire.
TV woke up to its dramatic potential. Millions engaged in the troubleshooting of avuncular Sir John Harvey-Jones, the verbal brutality of Lord Sugar in The Apprentice, and entrepreneurs in Dragons’ Den.
Fly-on-the wall documentaries made the internal workings of business endlessly fascinating.
Kent is generally in a better place than in 1993, at the heart of a European region with rapid links to the Continent. No longer on the wrong side of the tracks, high-speed rail is changing living patterns and economic trends. The rest of the world has yet to properly wake-up to this transport revolution.
Manufacturing has reduced but still contributes significantly to Kent’s GDP. Councils now generally better understand the important contribution of business to a thriving community.
The high street also looks different, with many familiar names disappearing and new ones - especially restaurants, fast food outlets and coffee shops - filling the vacated spaces.
And of course the digital revolution has transformed the media landscape, with the internet, Facebook, Twitter, iPads, 24-hour news, blogs and citizen journalism competing with newsprint in a multimedia world.
Culturally, there is now Turner Contemporary which is contributing to the gradual economic progress of Thanet.
No doubt we shall see a new Thames Crossing, new roads, business parks, an expanded Manston and a new Manston Parkway, east Kent growth, and rising demand for what our farmers and fruit growers produce so well.
More troubling for those who love our Garden of England will be the spread of houses on green fields - but an expanding population has to live somewhere.
There will almost certainly be a Paramount Park on Swanscombe Peninsula. Perhaps an Amazon warehouse in Ashford. Whether there is a hub airport in the Thames Estuary or on the Goodwin Sands is very doubtful.
Young people have not been well served by recent economic trends. A wider choice of jobs in the 90s has given way to a tougher market for the young - with and without skills.
But there is no denying Kent and Medway are in a brilliant location, although it has taken a long time for outsiders to wake up to that fact.
Kent Business has reported on outstanding civic and business leaders such as the late Lord Sandy Bruce Lockhart and Sir Alastair Morton, changing aspiration and perception through their vision and achievements.
Our entrepreneurs and leaders of businesses of all sizes have driven jobs and wealth creation.
Kent Business, now on white newsprint, has had talented people on its team over 20 years. Some have been honoured by another long-established organisation Shepherd Neame, the 300-year old brewery that has done so much for the county, as well as supporting the annual Kent Media Awards for 25 years.
Columnists such as Professor Richard Scase, the late Martin Jackson - a perceptive media observer - and others have provided wisdom and authority, while our late cartoonist Alan Ralph injected laughter.
Above all, I thank KM Group for continued support, and Brian Paine for his commitment to business. Sadly, no longer with us, I am sure he looks down with a creative eye and words of encouragement to keep us “doing the business” for this great county of ours.