PRINTING INDUSTRY VETERANS — LASTING IMPRESSIONS
Now working on his 20th year at E&D Web in suburban Chicago, Vendl is that company’s president and owns the distinction of never missing a day of work in his life. Perhaps he loves the perks; his job afforded him the opportunity to attend the 1973 inauguration for President Nixon. Vendl and five other production personnel from Photopress were invited after helping to produce the inaugural book for Nixon. The same month they attended the inaugural, seven people with ties to Nixon’s re-election campaign were tried and convicted of breaking into and wiretapping the Democratic Party headquarters. Before the year was over, Nixon would prove that not all on-the-job transgressions could be forgiven.
Vendl still owns a Nixon-signed copy of the commemorative book.
Milton Walsey, 94
New York City
“As long as I’m able to walk,” says the senior statesman of our group, “I’m still able to work.”
The retirement option has clearly been bypassed by Milton Walsey, who works three days a week. It’s amazing when you consider he began his working life in the Big Apple as an errand boy, earning $12 a week for Burland Printing in 1933.
He’s enjoyed a whirlwind career that includes a partial stake in Parish Press, which catered to most of the bigwigs in the pharmaceutical sector. Walsey claims the distinction of being the first printer in New York City to install web presses.
When his Parish co-owner/partner passed away and his son took control, Walsey (who held a smaller share of the company) could see the writing on the wall. He sold his share and joined Benchmark—owned by his son, Steven—in 1974. Two years later, Parish went bankrupt.
Walsey has witnessed every change imaginable in the printing industry and laughs at the fact that it cost $1,500 (the equivalent of $16,000 today) for an 81⁄2x11˝ color separation in the 1940s, which can now be had for about a C note (or $9 and change in 1945). He remembers when lithography was done on a stone.