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FLEXO Magazine : March 2008
6 FLEXO MARCH 2008 www.flexography.org BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE FLEXOGRAPHIC TECHNICAL ASSOCIATION Dave Bankson, Label Technology James E. Brown, Cryovac Sealed Air Mark Cisternino, Flexographic Technical Association Larry Claton, Aquaflex Greg Collins, C-P Flexible Packaging Michael Ferrari, Procter & Gamble Raymond "Bud" Gray, Acucote Inc. Gary Hilliard, Hood Packaging Michael Impastato, Flint Group Jean Jackson, Allison Systems Paul Lancelle, Green Bay Engraving Gene Martin, The Robinette Co. Matt Moffett, The Meyers Printing Co. David R. Nieman, All Printing Resources Greg Platt, GMF Flexo Prepress David Straten, Advance Packaging Corp. Michael G. Schliesmann, Great Northern Corp. Immediate past chair BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE FOUNDATION OF FLEXOGRAPHIC TECHNICAL ASSOCIATION Dave Bankson, Label Technology James E. Brown, Cryovac Sealed Air Mark Cisternino, Flexographic Technical Association Larry Claton, Aquaflex Greg Collins, C-P Flexible Packaging Michael Ferrari, Procter & Gamble Raymond "Bud" Gray, Acucote Inc. Gary Hilliard, Hood Packaging Michael Impastato, Flint Group Jean Jackson, Allison Systems Paul Lancelle, Green Bay Engraving Gene Martin, The Robinette Co. Matt Moffett, The Meyers Printing Co. Doug Nelson, Water Ink Technologies David R. Nieman, All Printing Resources Greg Platt, GMF Flexo Prepress David Straten, Advance Packaging Corp. PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Mark Cisternino EDITORIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE Raymond W. Bodwell, DuPont Packaging Graphics Catherine Haynes, All Printing Resources Jean Jackson, Allison Systems Corp. John Meyer, Western Michigan University Paul Wilson, Encore Washington Ltd. Memories & Milestones... Snapshots in time: History is on my mind this month, specifically the people, places, technological break- throughs, products, programs, events, and random occurrences and networking op- portunities that have shaped your Flexographic Technical Association. I find myself thinking about, and probing into, what happened over the course of the past five decades, where it has brought us, what it means, and where it will take us tomorrow. I can assure you that the rest of the staff here at FTA, as well as the hundreds of members that we have spoken to, and been in contact with are having similar thoughts. Everyone knows FTA's Golden Anniversary is upon us. To a person, we're aware that the 2008 FFTA Forum theme is "50 Years of Making Flexo Stronger." A common occurrence, as intended, is to have people hear, or read, those words and set about reflection. Old friends and faces are remembered and their contributions to our industry, as well as the ensuing developments that those accomplishments spawned are recalled. Just looking at my desk on the eve of FTA's anniversary celebration, makes that point clearly evident. Photos are scattered on the desktop, some dating back to 1958. The very first issue of FLEXO is out; as is its predecessor, Flexographic Technical Journal. Forum proceedings from 1959 sit stacked side-by-side with their counter- parts from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. We've read the articles of incorporation for both your association and its Foundation. We've examined records of comments from FTA's founding fathers. Many of those words, uttered by the likes of Doug Tuttle, Franklin Moss, Norm Abrams, Isadore Goodman, Frank Hammel, John Miller, Karl Weik, Julian Ross, Kenneth Pike, Homer Green, Frank Longenecker, etc., ring true today. We've also examined pieces of flexographically printed packaging, preserved for the ages as Best of Show recipients in FTA's annual Excellence in Flexography Awards Competition. The printed works speak to flexography's capabilities at different mo- ments during the past 50 years, and they also attest to noticeable and documentable advancements in quality. We've taken that journey through history, and have certainly come to appreciate the past and all it means. And as a result, we're now inviting you to mirror our travels. FTA is producing a 50th Anniversary Commemorative Journal. It is set for distri- bution April 28 at a special Golden Anniversary luncheon at Forum. It will contain many of those same photos and perspectives mentioned above. But the better news is that it will go much further than that, as it records the history of your association in both words and pictures. We'll present decade-by-decade timelines, listing FTA's and its members' major ac- complishments. We'll engage in Q&As with FTA Hall of Famers, as well as past, present and future chairs of the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees. Highlights from past Forums will be recalled. Former Executive Directors and past and present FTA Presidents will reopen their signature columns---"By George, ""FTA Corner," "Engaging Ideas." Perhaps most important of all, current members will have their say. As many short comments as we can collect will delve into the value of FTA membership, the mean- ing of networking with peers, the need for standardization and specification, the importance of education, the attraction of FTA and what they---who will build our future and continue to shape our FTA's history---deem its top priorities and strategic goals and objectives. And that is the proudest and most pertinent testament to any professional so- ciety. It's one we'll be honored to present to FTA's membership this April. FTA TODAY PUBLISHER'S INK Past Made Present