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FLEXO Magazine : June 2011
FTA TODAY An Open Letter to Flexographers: Every once in a while, a situation comes up where you get to see things from a different perspective than normal. It happened to me at FFTA’s 2011 Annual Forum Awards Banquet and it made me realize how important it is to have friends who love you. With the many technical articles that appear each month in FLEXO, it is a rarity that one discusses humanity and personal feelings of individuals. I have always felt a very close bond between members of FTA and the flexo- graphic community across the United States and overseas. Flexography, itself, seems to get in our veins as the blood of the industry. Let’s face it, we all have simi- lar problems--producing higher quality reproductions, ink consumption, printing of perfect dots, making true solids, reduc- ing costs, going green, etc. Whatever the issue is, it seems to bring us all together. The reason I am writing this “open letter” is to discuss some of the humani- tarian aspects of this great organization and to detail what happened to me at the JW Marriott Hotel in Indianapolis, IN. On Sunday, I felt good all day and looked forward to the banquet and awards ceremonies. I didn’t know who the new inductee to the FTA Hall of Fame was going to be, and I looked forward to welcoming him or her at the awards ban- quet. I looked forward to the networking aspect of the reception and truly enjoyed meeting old friends and colleagues. I sat at a table with two other members of the Hall of Fame and members of FTA’s staff. After the initial awards were pre- sented, dinner was served. That’s when it happened. An extremely sharp, stab- bing pain hit me in the right shoulder area. I could not swallow and became short of breath. I gulped for air, became nauseated and vomited into my napkin. Then it repeated a second time. I asked the Marriott personnel, who by this time were gathered around our table, to walk with me to the restroom, so I could splash some water on my face. When I came out of the restroom, Shelley Rubin grabbed my hand and told me to sit in the lobby and rest. Shortly thereafter, Doreen Monteleone, Joe Tuccitto and Mark Cisternino, along with Bettylyn Krafft were there to check on me. Continued on page 21... www.flexography.org June 2011 FLEXO 19 Harper Anilox Roll Engineered for performance. Built to last. Guaranteed performance. From four locations across the globe. At Harper Corporation we do more than sell anilox rolls. We deliver confidence that comes with a 100% performance guarantee, backed by a team of graphic experts, and supported by a full compliment of products and accessories. With anilox roll manufacturing and restoration facilities in Charlotte, NC; Green Bay, WI; Herford Germany and Bangkok, Thailand; Harper Corporation delivers dependable consistency no matter where you print. To learn more, call 704.588.3371 or Toll Free at 800.438.3111 Or visit our website. Anilox Roll Division HARPERi MAGE.Co M Americas • Europe • Asia ©2011
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