50th: Unforgettable Moments — The Odd and Memorable

But look at our cover stories from 20 years ago: James H. Barry Co., Laurel Printing, Hennegan & Co., Foote & Davies, Sorg Printing, National Bickford, American Color and Lone Star Web. Some have been acquired, a couple are still doing business, but others have disappeared.

Suffice to say, in 25 years, we’ll be saying the same thing about the printers featured on our covers in 2008.

COOLEST COVER: Corporate is the most accurate way to describe the front cover art selection for Printing Impressions. A good 90 percent of our cover images depict male executives in business attire, standing or sitting in a conference room. But for one bold, reckless issue in 1995, we threw caution to the wind.

September 1995 featured Ron Krivoshiew, president of Speed Graphics, leaning against a Rolls Royce, smoking a stogie and holding up traffic in Times Square, New York, at night. The headline reads, “Bright Lights, Big Business.” One look and you can’t help but smile. The energy and enthusiasm it exudes is infectious.

TRAGEDY STRIKES KY: Unfortunately, of the most memorable events to happen in the last 50 years, most of the ones that come to mind are tragic. Heading the list is Standard Gravure of Louisville, KY.

On September 14, 1989, Joseph Wesbecker—on disability leave since earlier in the summer due to mental illness—walked into the Standard plant armed with an AK-47 semiautomatic rifle and other small arms, and went on a shooting spree that lasted half an hour. Wesbecker killed eight and wounded 12 others before taking his own life. The printer prevailed afterwards, but has since been closed for years.

PREVIDI PERISHES IN CRASH: In November 1987, Cecil Previdi, the 44-year-old president of Danbury Printing and a Hall of Fame inductee, was among the eight people killed when their light airplane crashed in southern Wisconsin. Five other Danbury employees were among the dead—Anthony Vitti, Howard Applegate, Mark Philipp, Edward Toste and Arnold Hashtani. Two other victims were also from the printing industry: James McDonald of Thermo Electron and David McGregor of Webtech.

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