PRINTING INDUSTRY VETERANS — LASTING IMPRESSIONS
Look at a copy of this magazine from 10, 15 or 20 years ago. Some of the printing company names ring a bell, albeit vaguely. This one merged a few years back, that one is now part of Consolidated Graphics, another one filed for bankruptcy and was liquidated.
Other companies change their names. Many more just fade away.
Printing establishments come and go, but the industry is laden with career lifers. Remember the journeyman printer? The craftsman? Remember a time before iMacs or desktop publishing? How about lead type? Linotype? Red opaque? Any of this stuff ring a bell? Were you at the shop when Kennedy was assassinated? Or when Nixon resigned? If so, you’ve collected more than a few gray hairs...if you’re fortunate enough to have eluded scalp erosion.
This has been, and always will be, a people business. And we’ve assembled a cast of 20 men and women who have logged at least 35 years on the job to tell their funny, sad, interesting and enlightening stories. Printing has been a vital part of their lives for many years, just as it has impacted your own experiences. The images and memories are enduring. And the following people have been kind enough to take a trip back in time and relate the experiences that have stayed with them for many years. Read on:
Maudie Briggs, 61
President and CEO
“The way I look at it, my employees and I are here at least a third of our lives, so it’s important to have fun every day,” Maudie Briggs stresses. “If not, we’d be pulling our hair out.”
The printing and publishing industries have served as the background music for Briggs’ life. When she was in kindergarten, her father, Dick Morrison, would bring home perforated tags for her to string. Briggs even confesses to learning about the birds and the bees while a teenager working with other women in the bindery.