50th: Unforgettable Moments — The Odd and Memorable
Perhaps he will reappear on our cover regarding another “mayday,” when he steps in to stop another “world” from crumbling.
WE’RE BIG BOYS NOW: In Volume 5, Number 1 (June 1962), it was noted that particular issue represented the largest in the history of PI, which was beginning its fifth year. The folio checked in at 40 pages; by comparison, the July 1987 and ’88 Master Specifier issues weighed in at 550 pages apiece, while September 1997 registered 160 tabloid-size pages, just to name a few large editions.
In his June 1962 editorial, Irv Borowsky pointed out that “The staff of Printing Impressions is grateful to our readers and advertisers for their confidence and support of our efforts to be informative and interesting—the readers through the hundreds of encouraging letters received each week...”
Whoa. . .hundreds?
We’re not doubting Mr. B’s math. Through e-mails, e-newsletters, our Website (www.piworld.com) and other means, the electronic age has certainly shrank the printing community. Every blue moon, we’ll receive an encouraging handwritten or typed note, a symbolic gesture in an age where “thank you” notes have all but disappeared.
Just ask the USPS how dramatically the volume of mail has declined.
DUMB CRIMINALS: Just a small sampler of crooked doings in our largely upright, law-abiding industry over the past 50 years.
1995: Three employees of Thomson Lithograph in Fremont, CA, were nailed by federal agents for counterfeiting. They had churned out $26 million worth of $20, $50 and $100 bills when the bust went down. 1963: Ralph Brunet of Frankfurt, IN, gets hauled away after authorities seize $1.5 million in bogus bucks. Also in 1963: Three desperadoes tried to make off with the $6,000 payroll of Fast Typesetters, but employees pelted them with lead type and tools before resorting to fisticuffs.