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FLEXO Magazine : May 2010
FTA TODAY 38 FLEXO mAY 2010 www.flexography.org Street rods, custom cars, home remodeling, woodwork- ing 1950s/1960s memorabilla, hunting, golf, family, friends and flexo—such is the life of an FTA Hall of Famer. Our 48th inductee is a tenacious individual—creative, innovative. He is a cancer survivor, an artist, somewhat of an inventor, a mechanic, even a snow bird who enjoys both his well-earned retirement and the good life. Fast to identify possibilities and even faster to dedicate himself to making what some would call dreams realities, he’s a flexographer through and through and has been for nearly 50 years. Advice and observations rendered two decades ago, from the stage of FFTA’s Annual Forum, by our inductee, can be sounded today and still be right on the mark. “Overcome imperfections. Get creative. Control variables... No one in this business can produce quality work consistently without a great deal of creativity and attention to detail....Producing process work should not be something magical or mystical, but something we can print by the numbers.” Life and career experiences range from early days on a drafting board, to a seat at the table in the Flexographic Tech- nical Association’s Board Room (1987-1993). His face should be familiar to most anyone who has been in the industry for 10 or more years. This man is a past Excellence in Flexog- raphy Awards chairman; a one-time chair of FTA’s Narrow Web Strategic Leadership Council; a recipient of the 1991 FTA President’s Award; a multi-time regional workshop host and coordinator; frequent Forum speaker; contributor to FTA textbooks and training manuals; and a staunch advocate for the creation and continuation of process printing curriculums at graphic arts focused colleges, universities and secondary schools. Most often associated with Topflight Corp. and its York, PA plant, where he rose from artist to art director, manufacturing director and vice president of manufacturing; flexo drew him to the general manager’s role at both The Label Co. , St. Louis, MO and CCL, Charlotte, NC; before retirement—something Charlie Brown now deems “the greatest job of all. ” Mover, Shaker & Mentor Friend and fellow Hall of Famer Bruce Riddell, Spectrum Label, recalls, “Topflight, under Charlie, used very innovative approaches to printing and production of narrow web labels. Pressmen there did a lot of screen printing when it just wasn’t done in narrow web. Charlie was always ahead of the curve. He utilized turret rewinders before narrow web flexo em- braced the concept.” • “One of the most knowledgeable people, if not the most knowledgeable person that I’ve met in this industry,” — Randy Buckley • “From Forums to conferences, to Saturday one-day workshops, Charlie was there; and when he was, he contributed willingly and dramatically to the pro- ceedings.” — Bruce Riddell • “It was obvious to me, from the very beginning of my association with FTA and its members, that many people in the industry felt there were many possibili- ties for the flexo process. ” —Charlie Brown hALL OF FAmE no Magic, no Mysticism, Simple Mechanics...Pure Flexo Charlie Brown, Converter of Dreams to Realities, Enters FTA Hall of Fame By Robert moran FLX_May10_sec1.indd 38 4/19/10 1:11 PM