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End of Era for This Printer —Cagle

March 2007

Shortly after losing his print shop, Biehl’s brother lost all his possessions when a fire destroyed his apartment building. Understandably, Tom doesn’t want to think about printing or fire for a while.

Here’s hoping that Biehl’s love of printing and commitment to the craft doesn’t go up in smoke, as well. If you have a Multi going unused in some dark corner of your shop, maybe you should give this man a call. The friendly and sympathetic voice of a fellow printer might also be of value to Biehl.

SAVED FROM SCRAP: A 1911 Chandler & Price press has its big, fat arse to thank for survival. Otherwise, it may have been torn down for scrap value.

The Belleville (IL) News-Democrat reported that the 800-pound behemoth had been owned by an 83-year-old retired printer, Robert Browning, who is currently residing in an assisted living home. Browning acquired the big dog in 1963 for $130 and turned out business cards, greeting cards and invitations for a little extra scratch. But now it was time to part ways with the press, and Browning certainly couldn’t partake in its removal.

Fortunately, a fellow resident of the assisted living center recommended that Browning donate the press to the Belleville Labor and Industry Museum. Browning gave his blessing and a group of volunteers disassembled the press as much as possible and hauled it up the steps.

Instead of passing the days in dank darkness, the Chandler & Price has a new home that includes a couple of smaller presses of 1870s vintage. A more manageable weight could have resulted in its demise.

FINED IN THE U.S.A.: OK, this item really doesn’t have a lot to do with printing. But given the immigration issue, the article that ran in PI’s February edition and one of the most absurd suggestions for remedying the situation, this tidbit is somewhat hilarious.

A Southern California fence building company and two executives pleaded guilty to knowingly hiring illegal immigrants and paid a combined fine of $5 million. Golden State Fence admitted to hiring the workers between January 1999 and November 2005.

I would think that, instead of issuing a fine and giving two execs a six-month swing at a glorified Ramada Inn, the federal government could make Golden State Fence work off its transgression by providing labor, materials and consulting services toward erecting the ill-advised “keep out” fence along the U.S./Mexico border.

Ironically, the only way that would be economically feasible is to hire immigrants to build it at sub-minimum wage levels. Then, when the work is completed, we could ask the Mexican workers to leave the country. God bless America.

—ERIK CAGLE
 

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