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Mark Michelson is the Editor-in-Chief of Printing ImpressionsServing in this role since 1985, Michelson is an award-winning journalist and member of several industry honor societies. Reader feedback is always encouraged. Email

The announcement that American Printer magazine was folding with the publication of its August issue—ending a 128-year run—frankly, did not come as a big surprise. Some blog posters are proclaiming that the business model of printing a monthly magazine geared toward the commercial printing and allied industries is a broken one.

It's hard to believe that Monday's Printing Impressions/RIT Printing Industry Hall of Fame awards ceremony held during Graph Expo in Chicago marked the 25th anniversary of the Hall of Fame. An award created when I assumed the role of editor-in-chief in 1985 to recognize individual industry achievement, this year's induction class was certainly worthy of our important silver anniversary milestone.

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