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A Few of His Favorite Things -- Cagle

January 2001
Say goodbye to 2001. Good riddance is more appropriate.

One would be hard pressed to find many good things to say about the now-concluding year, other than that it's almost over. The economy gave our industry a swift, and unneeded, kick in the pants. Companies took down their shingle at an alarming rate. Bankruptcy was relatively commonplace. Dotcoms backslashed their way out the door, or were quietly sold and dissolved for scrap metal.

Then, with many people at PRINT 01, our nation was slammed down by, essentially, a faceless monster. Thousands of people died because of one man's delusional take on life.

The morning news greets us with daily reports about Anthrax cases discovered in post offices and at our nation's capitol. An entire generation has learned to view life through a somewhat suspicious eye, much like those who lived through Pearl Harbor and the Cuban missile crises.

And now, as the holiday season moves into full gear and we look longingly and optimistically toward 2002, it is perhaps only fitting that we conclude the year with one last piece of bad news. Before you go, 2001, we have for you ...

An obituary.

Ernest A. "Ernie" Lindner died of heart failure at his home in Glendale, CA, on October 3. He was 79.

Ernie Lindner, as some of you may know, lived an extraordinary life, one that seemed to gain momentum year after year. Three days before his death, Ernie had returned home from a 1,700-mile trip through Switzerland, Germany, Italy and Austria as a member of a vintage car club. His transportation mode of choice: a 1929 Model A touring car.

But the man with the late-19th century vintage handlebar mustache garnered industry distinction not for his passion for travel or automobiles, but for his love and appreciation of vintage printing equipment. In fact, Lindner, along with Dave Jacobson, established the International Printing Museum in 1988, now located in Carson, CA, which houses the Ernest A. Lindner Collection of Antique Printing Machinery.

Ernie got a taste of printing at an early age as his father, August, and uncle, Ernest, started E.G. Lindner Co. The brothers sold and rebuilt printing equipment and specialized in rehabbing Linotype machines. Young Ernie joined the fold as an apprentice machinist and soon began his printing equipment collection.

Although he left the printing field periodically—trying his hand at selling industrial hardware, book-ended by two stints in the service, where he flew 17 combat missions in World War II and 66 more in Korea—his love for printing machines didn't dwindle.


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