In recognition of the 40-year anniversary of the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing, a review of ostomy-related articles in the Society's official publications was done. The goal was to find what were considered classic ostomy articles, articles that contributed to the practice of ostomy care nursing, and articles that as clinicians practicing in the late 70s we felt helped to shape the future of ostomy care nursing. The review began with the 1975 ET Journal and continued forward ending in 1990. A classic article was defined as one that described a new or unique use of an ostomy product, a new procedure that impacted ostomy practice, the evolution of evidence-based ostomy practice, concepts that would drive our future practice, and management of stoma complications. These articles are a glimpse into the unique, creative, and evolving practice that makes our ostomy specialty distinctive.