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FLEXO Magazine : May 2009
FTA TODAY Mark wrangling a boa constrictor in Costa Rica on the grounds of the resort at the edge of the rainforest. Photo courtesy Donna Mazur. is His Mission Mark Mazur Enters FTA Hall of Fame By Robert Moran samples, characterizing plant and reptile life by species, measuring the durometer of a fl exographic printing plate or contemplating color consistency on press, he is always careful to collect data, document fi ndings, take measurements, analyze statistics, report out results and draft recommendations for continuous improvement. Some say it’s the scientist in him. Others call him a “control O freak,” or even “a loveable geek.” Color is one of his passions. Education is another, evidenced by his multiple degrees in diverse disciplines. This man is no stranger to students and instructors at most any college or university off ering a graphic arts curriculum, e.g. Clemson University, Fox Valley Technical College, California Polytechnic State University, etc. In fact, he is a frequent visitor and guest lecturer who’s is always willing to roll-up his sleeves, get his hands dirty, stay after class and teach something new to anyone who is eager to learn. In his life, education and entertainment are joined at the hip, so much so that his colleagues quip that he’s the “King of Presentations.” Of course, they admit to having suff ered “PowerPoint Poisoning,” at his hands; then immediately refer to him as one of the smartest people they know. He’s identifi ed 4 billion+ colors that can be found in a process image, and he hasn’t given up counting yet. Similarly, he has compiled 2,000+ press characterizations, which he keeps at hand in his personal library; yet he refrains from labeling even one “typical,” or “average.” At Forum, he has been a regular presenter since 1993, when he shared the stage with FTA Hall of Fame member Tony Bart. More 10 FLEXO MAY 2009 rder and standardization—they’ve always been the driving force in the life of the 2009 Flexographic Technical Association Hall of Fame inductee. Whether testing soil often, his partner is Mark Samworth, the man he succeeded at DuPont Cyrel in 1989; seven years after he fi rst joined the organization in a non-printing related research and development capacity. Assignments stretched into fi nance, but once aligned with fl exo, he dug in and stood fi rm. We’ve seen him, or a caricature of him, dressed as Beanie the propeller head, the PC Guy, a fl exo dot, one member of the Hans & Franz wrestling team, Mark Samworth, and himself. Mark Mazur, the 47th person welcomed into FTA’s most prestigious body, the Hall of Fame, is a digital prepress consultant for DuPont Imaging Technologies. He co-chaired the 2008 FFTA Forum, and has long been a fi xture on the Forum Committee. In the past, he has served as session chair, and chaired the Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifi cations and Tolerances (FIRST) Color Management Subcommittee as well as FIRST’s Prepress Subcommittee. He is also a former multi-time FTA’s Excellence in Flexography Awards judge and has written for FLEXO Magazine. He was presented with the 2002 FTA President’s Award in recognition of dedicated service and signifi cant contributions to the industry. Mark’s fl exo career now spans two full decades. His face and voice are well known—almost instantly recognizable—and he is considered by many in fl exo to be both a mentor and a friend. www. f le xography. org Consistency is His Cause, Conquering Variables Mark’s friends parody his love of serpents with “Snakes on a Cake.” Photo courtesy Jean Jackson. HALL OF FAME