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Meet the Publishers,
John & Susan Howell

KOTN and Kansas Traveler are the results of our love of Kansas, our experience with computers and the newspaper business, and our special interests in history and art. 
John Howell Susan Howell
John is the historian, Susan is the artist/photographer; both are computer professionals with more than 50 years combined experience.  We have been college teachers, worked for small and large companies, and are avid Kansas travelers.
We moved to Kansas (Wichita) in 1979 to work for what was then NCR.  We bought our house in 1980 and put down roots.  After working for corporate America (NCR, Boeing, The Wichita Eagle) for 15 years we began to investigate parts of Kansas outside Wichita.  What a wonderful surprise that was!
Thus began Kansas on the Net--a way for us to record what we were seeing in Kansas and to tell our friends.  All our website work about Kansas can now be found by starting at KOTN's Kansas page.
From September, 1997, through March, 2000, we concentrated on developing websites for Kansas communities and holding workshops to prepare people to take over ownership of their websites.  This was funded by the Boeing Corporation and the Kansas State Library.
It was during this time we discovered the Kansas Sampler Foundation and the Kansas Explorers Club--and we became Explorers #549!  That alone expanded our Kansas horizons 10-fold.
On April 1, 2000, we returned to primarily commercial work, continuing to develop community websites, as well as sites for many other groups and businesses.  Almost all of our work is within Kansas, for Kansans.
In January, 2004, the dream to develop a printed publication took root.  Susan's work at the Wichita Eagle (for 15 years) prompted this extension of "Kansas on the Net" to include Kansas Traveler, a quarterly newspaper tab.

Our Family

Rob, our son
 Rob Howell
Mu, the cat who must be attended to
Mu, the momma cat
Zeta, the cat, co-ruler over the Howell domain
Zeta, daughter of Mu
Our closest family members are Rob Howell, our son, who's a graduate student in medieval history, and the two rulers of our household, "cat who must be attended to" Mu (I kid you not, her name is Mu) and Zeta, daughter of Mu.

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