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FLEXO Magazine : May 2009
FTA TODAY LIFE BEFORE FLEXO Mark Mazur war born on FTA Hall of Famer Harry Mosher’s birthday—Sept. 22, The year: 1956. He is the only child of Leo and Marcia Mazur and was raised in Utica, NY. Mark received a BS in chemistry from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany in 1978, a MPhil. and Ph. D. in Physical Organic Chemistry from Yale University in 1982 and an MBA from Rutgers University in 1987. While in school, he was mentored by Doctors Sheldon and Donna Banks at SUNY Albany; and then Dr. Jerome Berson at Yale. His doctoral thesis: “New Thermal and Photochemical Pathways onto the 2-Isopropenyl 1,3-Cyclopentadienyl Energy Surface.” Other research that attracted his interest and writing tal- ents included: 1982’s “Direct Observation of a Hydrocarbon Singlet 1,3-Biradical by Picosecond Laser-Induced Fluorescence Spectroscopy,” penned with his fellow researchers for the Journal of the American Chemical Society. One summer in his college career, Mark worked for the New York State Department of Health. While he was based on Long Island, his boss took a trip upstate and after tossing a football around with his son, he noticed a strong odor. The boss collected a soil sample, which Mark tested. It turned out that he performed the fi rst soil analysis that identifi ed the Love Canal as a toxic waste hazard. Interim summer employment also found Mark committing himself to the preservation of marine life, as his careful testing and analysis of well water samples identifi ed contaminants that represented a threat to fi sh. The wells, of course were closed and capped. MARK’S HISTORICAL MARKS: FORUM BY FORUM FTA Dot-Gain Study (with Tony Bart) Stochastic Screening: Where it is Today What is CIElab & Why Should I Use It? The Highlight Zone: There is Light at the End of the Tunnel Prepress: Breaking the Rules-Session Chair (with Sharon Brown) Project FOG (with Dave Horsman, Mark Samworth James Wegemer, Dave Haradon & Hassan Shareef) Internet Based Color Certifi cation How FIRST Works Flexo Faces a World of Competition Prepress Session (chair with Kevin Chop) G7: What is it? What Does it Mean for Flexography Fifty Years of Making Flexo Stronger (Forum coChair with Scott Gilbert) Creating a Standard Data Set for Wide Web Flexible Packaging Using Near Neutral Density Process (with Steve Smiley) 12 FLEXO MAY 2009 1993 1996 1997 1998 2000 2001 2002 2004 2005 2007 2007 2008 2009 Spring 1983: Mark with his prize possession, “The Jag”, 1967 XKE, parked out back of his apartment. One hobby of his that hasn’t quite gotten off the ground is to restore it to its former glory. Perhaps it’s something he can get to later in life. Photos courtesy Donna Mazur. With degrees in hand, Mark arrived at DuPont’s Parlin, NJ, Photoproducts R&D Laboratory in November 1982. The entry-level lab technician traversed the halls in his signature bell bottoms, safety glasses and safety shoes. He found time to participate in extracurricular corporate functions, including summer softball games, a practice which led him to meet Donna Ferentz, whom he married in August 1985. The Mazurs left Parlin for DuPont’s Wilmington, DE, Barley Mill Plaza in June 1989, when Mark was named senior business analyst/ Cyrel. In November 1992, he was promoted and joined the Technical Marketing Group. And the PowerPoints began... “Optimizing Digital Plates for Flexography,” “Process Color,” “Color Management,” “Creating Standards for the Flexographic Industry,” “Application of the Near-Neutral Calibration Process in Flexography.” Greg Collins, FTA chairman, maintains that Mazur’s reviews are quite positive. “His presentations are entertaining and informative. He has done so many, that I fi nd it strange to hear that he gets nervous and rehearses each time. Mark is always prepared. It’s something I appreciate every time I watch his delivery.” GREAT ESCAPES This fl exographer is an explorer, who escapes from the demands of the corporate world by traipsing through the jungles and rain forests of Tasmania, New Zealand, Australia, Costa Rica and other far-off lands in a hunt for reptilian and amphibian life. His wife, Donna, recalls him harassing the marsupials in Australia and then becoming quite fond of them; capturing an unsuspecting Echidna at the side of the road in far northeastern Tasmania; wrangling a carpet python in Lamington National Park, Hinterlands of South Queensland, Australia; hugging a baby wombat at a little zoo in Hervey Bay, Queensland; tangling with a boa constrictor in Costa Rica at the edge of the rainforest; and capturing a little boa in the rainforest of Carrera National Park, Costa Rica. In similar fashion, one of his co-workers, Ray Bodwell, laments, “In a perfect world, he’d move to Australia tomorrow and live as www. f le xography. org