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A True Appreciation For Roy Grossman —Cagle

June 2008

“[Sandy Alexander] has really been my whole career,” Grossman said by phone the day of the announcement. “I’m thrilled to try something else...I’m leaving with mixed emotions. I love the people and the culture here.”

Given the kindness and friendship he has always offered those around him, there’s no doubt he’ll be missed at Sandy. And it’s going to be a tall order finding other printers who will take up the cause of issues that impact your long-term survival. Any volunteers?

APROPOS TO NOTHING: We’ve found a fun way for the office crew or the semi-busy third shift to kill some time. Why not test the creative waters by entering the Post-it Notes “One Million Uses and Counting” contest, a global consumer video sweepstakes on YouTube (hey, there it is again).

The contest, which began in March and continues through the middle of July, is aimed at getting entrants to push the creative self-adhesive notepad and visually demonstrate the many ways one can use Post-it Notes.

Contestants will shoot a short video starring the sensational stickies and upload it to the Post-it YouTube channel. Creativity and intelligent use of different sizes, colors and shapes of Post-it Notes will be the judging criteria.

Grand prize is $10,000, with second and third places netting $2,500 and $1,500, respectively. The top 10 finalists will each receive a laptop computer valued at $1,000.

To enter, upload your short video to by July 14. Winners will be announced the end of September.

LITTLE GUY: This writer hasn’t needed to purchase printing in quite a while, but when a poster was required to promote an in-store signing for my new novel, I immediately called a national chain of quick printers to help me out.

Don’t know why, but the name of this mega printer just jumped to mind. It made me take pause.

Feeling guilty and wanting to help out a mom-and-pop establishment, I cancelled the order and found a place closer to home. After all, the big chain didn’t need my money. Small business is the lifeblood of America, damn it, and I wasn’t going to let that apple pie rot on the window sill (cue up John Cougar Mellencamp’s “Pink Houses”). My little bit of business may enable Joe and Debbie Stitcher- head to afford an extra week at the Jersey Shore this summer. At $45.90 for a 20x28˝ poster on bond paper, laminated and mounted to foam board, I was doing my part for the economic stimulus cause.

Righteous and true did I feel en route to the printer! But upon arriving there minutes before closing time, on the eve of my signing, I learned they’d forgotten to print it. The shop had to stay open an extra half-hour to put it together. Guess I should’ve asked for a $10 credit on my next order, eh?

Stop giggling at me, Kinko’s. PI

—Erik Cagle

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