Tribute to Michael H. Bruno, Upon His Passing, Paid by Frank Ro

The Pocket Pal has been published by IP since 1934 and its 18th edition was published in 2000. Mike was its editor since 1967 when he was assigned the project of editing the 10th edition. The first edition of the Pocket Pal was printed in 1934 by Grover Daniels of Daniels Printing Company, Everett, MA. More people have learned about printing from the Pocket Pal than any other source.

With Frank Preucil and others, Mike established the research methodology and knowledge base for the printing industry and pioneered many of the technological innovations that made lithographic printing a viable process. Mike and a small group of industry people went on to found the Technical Association of the Graphic Arts after WW II as a forum to present and disseminate industry research. He retired from IP in the late 1970s and traveled the world, Gilda always at his side, as a consultant on printing technology. His annual “Status of Printing in the U.S.” was presented at international conferences for over 50 years. He was active well into his late Eighties, publishing and speaking about the industry he loved. He attended every Drupa from its start in 1951 until the end of the century, the last accompanied by his grandson, who had graduated from Illinois State University in Bloomington, IL. Mike was one of the first Americans allowed to lecture in (then) Communist China. In the last year, he suffered from a heart attack and congestive heart failure. I visited him at a nursing home in Illinois in October, 2004. He was still interested in the industry and wanted to talk about it.

Over the last few years I had him write his autobiography, which will be published in 2006 as “Mike Bruno’s History of Printing in the 20th Century.” For it, 165 of his slides are being scanned by students at RIT. He loved jazz and dancing, but every conversation would always turn to printing.

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