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FLEXO Magazine : July 2012
Industry Indicators John Hubbird: A Remarkable Guy (1932-2012) John E. Hubbird was born June 4, 1932 in Glasgow, MO. He was the first son of John and Ruby Hubbird, and the brother of Frank Hubbird. As a young child John moved to Oakland, CA with mother and brother. After graduat- ing from high school, he enlisted and served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a radioman during the Korean War from 1950-1954. “ He was a first-rate marine – all through his life,” a friend said. After his service in the war, he returned home to start work at Crown Zellerbach (CZ). There he met his wife, Dolores Carolo, and they were married on June 20, 1956. That same year they bought their first and only home in Hay- ward, CA, where they lived for 56 years. In 1959 they were blessed with their only child, daughter Yvonne. In 1985 they added their son (in-law), Jim Adrain. Yvonne and Jim gave John and Dolores two grandsons, Jeremy and Austin. John was the proudest grandfather (or “Poppie”) in the world and treasured every moment with them. On June 1, 1967, John began working for the art depart- ment of the Flexible Packaging Division at the San Leandro CZ plant. Eventually he became the Division Engraving Coordinator in the Graphics Group. He served on the FTA Board for six years and was very influential in helping CZ win multiple Excellence in Flexography Awards, including 12 Best of Shows. Through his work, he was involved in interna- tional printing projects such as drupa and other European Exhibitions in Germany, England, Italy, France and Spain. There was a time when the name aniline printing and then flexographic printing was referred to as nothing more than rubber stamp printing. John envisioned a different reality that at the time seemed like a fairytale. Printing with the consistency and quality of offset and gravure was laughable in the early days. Lloyd Root, John Hubbird, Francis Murray, Russ Kruenegel, Doug Brown, Dick Furino and others joined together to create a dynasty that was never equaled. They did this during a time when the book had not yet been written. John mastered color through manipulation of copper engravings and set standards to insure consistent printing across all of the CZ plants. He never made a fuss about his contribu- tions and was always willing to teach young kids. Anyone John came in contact with became a friend and that meant a friend for life. He enjoyed taking family vacations to places such as Disney- land, Lake Shasta on houseboats, boating and fishing trips and he had season tickets to the “old” Raiders. John loved watching sports and play- ing golf. “John was a fantastic target shooter and unbelievable rifle and gun decora- tor for handles and barrels,” remi- nisces Tony Bart, member of the FTA Hall of Fame. “ He finetuned guns for target shooting and amazed me with the detail in which he manufactured his own bullets. In so many ways John was a real ‘man’s man.’ Yet, he had a tremendous heart. ” “I never had the privilege of working directly with John, one of my regrets, but I certainly benefited from all his hard work in contributing to the development of the flexographic community and quality of print,” remembers Bruce Rid- dell, Spectrum Label Corp. and member of the FTA Hall of Fame. “ Suffice it to say that the essence of what John and his team accomplished was to prove that quality flexo- graphic color reproduction is accomplished through the use of science or the goal of quality through flexo will be science fiction. The worldwide communities of flexographic printers are the beneficiaries of John Hubbird’s influence. He will be sorely missed.” John was also a social guy who loved being with family and friends. Most will remember him for his humor, stories and humility. Ed Herter: A Great Educator (1939-2012) Edward J. Herter III died July 4 in Fitchburg, MA , USA, at age 73. He and his wife of 49 years, Gail Archer Herter, lived for most of their lives in northern New Jersey. Well known in the printing and converting industry in the Northeast USA, Ed was an exuberant and compassionate man who enjoyed networking with newcomers and old-timers, students and CEOs. He was in the graphics arts and printing industry for more than 40 years, having held positions at well-recognized flexographic printing - and printing related firms, including Borden Chemical, Lewis Roberts, Rollcut, Gotham Ink, Superior Printing Ink, Flexi Printing Plate, and Tek Graphics. 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