In early 1969 Richard Nixon was in the White House, the era of flower power was coming to a close and three local men, Tom Reddington, Jim Eagen and Murray Dolitsky were at work on a brand new idea. The first issue of Happenings Magazine arrived in Northeastern Pennsylvania in June 1969. The magazine's original mission was to encourage people to go from Scranton to Wilkes-Barre, and vice versa, for cultural events. In 1971 Tom and Ann Reddington, became sole owners of Happenings.
In 1996 what began as a publication run by three men, became a publication produced by women! Paula Rochon Mackarey has served as President since 1994, and Barbara Toolan has been Managing Editor since 1995. The two met while students in Marywood University's Communication Arts program where they majored in Public Relations and Advertising. Little did they know the skills they acquired running the university's newspaper, competing and (winning!) in school sponsored national advertising and public relations competitions would be applied to running a regional publication.