Writers Worthy of Praise --DeWese
Time to Take a Stand
I get phone calls every day from CEOs complaining about competitors that are selling below cost. I have begged you to stop this and I beseeched all of you to raise prices by 25 percent on my last birthday, June 30, 2003. Damn it, you didn't do it. Apparently, you are wimps and fear the Feds and anti-trust laws. The Feds will never be able to prove that all 30,000 printers colluded to raise prices.
Well, if you won't raise prices, I implore you to read the entire series of articles written by Harris and Stuart. They have my highest praise for a job well done.
Another person that has been around the printing industry forever is Dick Vinocur. He got his start as an apprentice to Benjamin Franklin right here in Philadelphia. In addition to writing and running the press, Dick—who was then known as "Poor Richard"—had the responsibility for covering up Ben's many affairs of the heart.
Dick is a fantastic writer and, had he not gotten locked into the printing industry, could have been a nationally syndicated columnist or a best-selling novelist.
Dick has also been the industry conscience and knows no fear when inquiring into the real story. I speak at a lot of industry events and I always shudder when I see Vinocur sitting in the front row (always right in front of the podium) because I know he's going to ask me some hard questions.
In recent years, Dick published and wrote Footprints, a newsletter, until his retirement. It was a hard-hitting, incisive, concise survey of the real news in the printing industry and I relished Dick's editorial comments. Footprints was a winner. It had a large paid subscriber base (me included), and I'm going to miss it. Fortunately, I can still call Dick and maybe hang out with him from time to time.