Introduction: AOC’s Last Waltz

This is AOC’s Greatest Hits issue. AOC’s editorial team selected a smattering of articles from past cover series that show how far optometry has come—and how far it still has to go. You’ll enjoy the trip down memory lane. With that in mind, it’s time to chat music.

The Beatles released Let It Be in 1970, a month after its cofounder founder Paul McCartney announced he was leaving the band. After four albums in three years, Cream decided it was time to call it quits, releasing Goodbye in 1969, a year after it dissolved. The Last Waltz, Martin Scorsese’s documentary about The Band’s final live show on Thanksgiving Day in 1976, took even longer to produce: it debuted in April 1978, a year and half after The Band’s break up.

In November, Bryn Mawr Communications announced to its industry partners that the November/December issue of AOC would be the final issue of the publication. So consider the issue you hold in your hands to be AOC’s Last Waltz—that is, a final product packaged with the knowledge that there is no further issue on the horizon.

One should note, however, that the dissolution of The Beatles, Cream, and The Band resulted Paul McCartney’s solo career, Eric Clapton’s most complex works, and Robbie Robertson’s contributions to Scorsese’s soundtracks. The groups broke up, but the shows went on.

In that spirit, AOC is regrouping. We’re playing to our strengths and packaging them to serve optometrists with an all-digital publication called CollaborativeEYE, launching this February. The publication will focus on the collaborative dynamic between ODs and MDs, and will be a place where clinicians can engage in honest discussions about eye care. We look forward to seeing you at in 2018.