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FLEXO Magazine : April 2010
18 FLEXO april 2010 www.flexography.org He spoke at schools—Clemson University, Central Pied- mont Community College, Rochester Institute of Technology, California Polytechnic State University—and, in the final years of his presidency, created the Flexo in High Schools program. George, who was multi-lingual (English, Spanish and some Italian), expanded FTA’s international presence and relation- ships. Among those efforts: helping establish FTAs in Austra- lia, Brazil, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Switzerland and Venezuela. George also developed and conducted events and meetings overseas, kicking off the FTA Latin American Seminar series, and hosting educational sessions in Japan, Germany and Italy. He was recognized by the Brazilian FTA (AB Flexo) with a library named in his honor. During his reign, FTA also produced numerous Spanish translations of its key publications, including Flexography: Principles and Practices, which was also released in Japa- nese. In 1990, FTA took part in the Converflex event, which took place in Russia (at the time still part of the USSR). Among the items brought: a Russian-translated issue of FLEXO. For the PeoPle Perhaps the most noteworthy impact that George had on the flexographic industry is the one he had directly on the people. Of all the individuals who considered him a friend and mentor, many would go on become FTA Hall Fame inductees, just as George himself did in 1993—one year before his retirement. “ George is more than a mentor to me,” stated Joe Trungale (FTA Hall of Fame 1985). “He is and always will be a friend. Back in the 1970s and 1980s, we traveled the United States, Canada, Mexico and even went to Australia to preach the gospel about the FTA. In those days, we traveled on Wednes- day, holding corrugated workshops on Thursday and wide web and narrow web on Saturday, so I had the pleasure of getting to know George very well. He always went above and beyond to further advances in flexography. These were some of George’s proudest moments, being able to have forums from the Atlantic to the Pacific.” “ The success and advancements that our flexo industry has made over the years can in large part be traced directly to the passion and efforts that he exhibited throughout the years he directed the FTA,” said John Shreve (FTA Hall of Fame 1997). “ I was not part of the original founders, but I was certainly a product of their generosity in sharing technical informa- tion and the philosophy of educating and mentoring those coming afterward,” proclaimed Tony Bart (FTA Hall of Fame 1996). “ George was a key player in instituting that behavior, philosophy and energy. He emphasized being on time, shar- ing quality information and adhering to a non-commercialism policy. He was right up there as one of my mentors for service to the industry. ” “ George was my mentor when I joined FTA,” recalled Jerry Shields (FTA Hall of Fame 1990). “But he grew to be a dear friend. It would take more space than I have in my computer to cover all the memories I have of the time spent with him and his wife, Grace, as she was there for George, the FTA, and all of us! FTA is what it is because of George and the staff he brought on board, who were and are the backbone of FTA. FFTA Forum 2010 in Las Vegas, NV will bring back a lot of memories for me, as it was where I was given the great privilege of joining those who made such a large contribution to the flexo industry.” Ron Harper (FTA Hall of Fame 1998) stated, “I used to get amused when at the beginning of every meeting, George would say, ‘It is now 9:00 (or 10:00), and as you know we always start our meetings on time.’ From an outsider’s left to right: Harold Fernau, George parisi, and Jerry Shields stand beside a welcome sign at FFTa Forum 1984, New Orleans, la. The 1973 FTa officers, with George at the far right. George (fourth from left) at the 1983 FFTa Forum. FTA TODaY FLXApril10_mech.indd 18 4/10/10 1:22 AM
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