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FLEXO Magazine : May 2009
FTA TODAY Mark tuning up a guitar with Sam Ingram to make a point during a presentation at Clemson University. Photo courtesy Jean Jackson. snake as pets) and celebrated a recent birthday with the theme “Snakes on a Cake.” Collins recalled, “I’ve spent a lot of time with the guy. Mark is an outdoorsman, He wanders around in the middle of nowhere He has a passion for snakes. You’ll fi nd him or hear of him being in the jungles of the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Tasmania, etc., in the middle of the night. Even at home, he’ll often decide to go for a 10-mile hike. The purpose: Find somewhere more desolate than here and see creatures that he’s never seen before.” Relaying one of Mark’s favorite adventures, Collins said, “In one far away from civilization as possible. Mark would have loved to have been assistant to the late Steve Irwin—the Crock Hunter— and wouldn’t have hesitated to take up residence at his Australia Zoo.” His friends in fl exo recognize and parody his lifelong love of snakes (he actually harbors two specimens of the Okeetee corn locale, there is a cave where at night it seems millions of bats come out. You stand in an open chasm and the bats swoop past you. That experience made a big impact on Mark.” Jean Jackson has heard that story as well. She adds. “Picture the gleeful expression as Mark stands on a cliff , bats fl ying overhead, pythons jumping out of the water... His friends will know what I mean.” MARK ON MARK Some refer to them as a tandem, others a tag-team; still others “Flexo’s Dynamic Duo.” Frequent Forum goers have come to refer to their presentations, often delivered to a capacity audience, as “The Mark and Mark Show.” The topics generally address hard-hitting prepress issues that demand attention. Controlling the process and optimizing print results excite and interest both Mark Samworth and Mark Mazur. Both men are always willing to convey their excitement to all listeners. FLEXO recently asked Mark Samworth to refl ect on sharing the spotlight with Mark Mazur, as well as the infl uence and impact that their long association has had on his life. Here are his thoughts. FLEXO: When you think about Mark Mazur, what’s the fi rst thing that pops into your mind? SAMWORTH: To be completely honest, it’s not a specifi c characteristic, event, or funny story. It’s just an overall good feeling. I just enjoy spending time with Mark. He is a fun person to be around. And I know, on any project we work on together, he’ll do more than his fare share, we’ll agree on all the important aspects of the project, and it will have a high probability of success. FLEXO: How long have you known him? What’s the fi rst project you worked on together? SAMWORTH: Mark actually took my old job at DuPont as a color specialist in Cyrel in 1989, about a year after I moved into electronic imaging. He took my old phone number (302999-2534), which he still has to this date. He did not know fl exo or graphic arts, but he did have a strong background in the sciences and a knowledge of color from the time he spent in the Cromalin Color Proofi ng division of DuPont. He asked if I could conduct a class in color separation for fl exography for him and a few others, which I gladly did. We’ve been great friends ever since. 14 FLEXO MAY 2009 www. f le xography. org FLEXO: What is it like to present with Mark Mazur? What do you consider your most memorable co-presentations? SAMWORTH: Mark is, without question, my favorite person to present with and my favorite person to have as a session chair. We share the same goal—to teach about fl exography in an entertaining way. Mark’s priority is always to teach fi rst and entertain second. In fact, if you look at any of his “entertainment,” you will see that the sole purpose is to make his teaching more eff ective, not the other way around. Our most memorable co-presentation was project FOG—a presentation at the FFTA Annual Forum in Nashville in 2001, describing the results of a real-life print comparison between fl exo (F), off set (O), and gravure (G). Dave Horsman, the Forum chair, wanted us to debate each other on stage. But the truth is, there’s not much to which we truly disagree. Dave then pushed us to think of something entertaining, something in which the phrase “let’s get ready to rumble” could be used. As mentioned before, Mark would be embarrassed to do extreme entertainment if the project itself had no technical merit. We actually felt we had to make a good technical project to justify “PC” Mazur and “Mac” Samworth.