GOA--A Silver Lining
In addition, Murphy, a 1993 inductee into the Printing Impressions/RIT Printing Industry Hall of Fame, was presented a special Lifetime Achievement Award from Printing Impressions at the evening function, paying tribute to his industry achievements and contributions toward the advancement of the graphic arts. A past chairman of the Printing Industries of America (PIA), he has held a total of 21 different positions within the PIA throughout his career, and is still active in 10 groups.
Aside from the state-of-the-art technologies on the show floor, Graphics of the Americas 2000 also featured a special exhibit area that paid tribute to the past.
On display was a replica 1539 Juan Pablo press; believed to be the "oldest press in the New World," it was shipped in from Mexico just for the show. Also on display were a 109-year-old, replica Golding & Pearl Treadmill press; an 1862 Spider press, which was used to print currency and stamps; an Edison mimeograph, invented by Thomas Edison in 1876; and an 1823 Washington hand press, said to be the oldest working press in the state of Florida.
In a $1 billion exhibit sponsored by the Bureau of Engraving & Printing, Mary Ellen Withrow, U.S. treasurer, was on hand the first day of the show to autograph currency at the exhibit.
In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the PAF provided an "Oasis" for show attendees at its two adjoining booths, featuring free massages for PAF members, and free, special commemorative coins as a keepsake.
The booth also featured a bookstore of titles available though the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation, as well as a display highlighting past winners of the Florida Print Awards.
The third-annual Salsa party, held on the show floor immediately after the exhibition closed February 5th, attracted a record turnout of both exhibitors and attendees.