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FLEXO Magazine : Golden Anniversary Commemorative Journal
INTRODUCTION A Historical Timeline & Pictorial Salute Memories 8( Milestones... Snapshots in time: The people, places, technological break- throughs, products, programs, events, random occurrences and networking opportuni- ties that have shaped your Flexographic Technical Association, now span five decades. This Golden Anniversary Commemorative Journal preserves and records a rich his- tory. It offers an opportunity for reflection and at the same time, it reinforces one dis- tinct message: At FTA, "Our Members Make the Difference." For 50 years, FTA has dedicated 100 percent of its efforts to "Making Flexo Stronger." The pursuit of, and passion for, the cause remains your association's top pri- ority. Our Golden Anniversary, brings with it a golden opportunity to probe into what happened in the past, where it has brought us, what it means, and where it will take us tomorrow. The process can be eye-opening and heart warming. Old friends and faces are remembered and their contributions to our industry, as well as the ensuing develop- ments that those accomplishments spawned are recalled. Here, on staff, the journey has proved very rewarding. True, photos, some dating back to 1958, were scattered about desktops. The very first issue of FLEXO was out; as was its predecessor, Flexographic Technical]oumal. Forum proceedings from 1959 sat stacked side-by-side with their counterparts from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Articles of incorporation for both your association and its Foundation were read. We examined records of comments from FTA's founding fathers-Doug Tuttle, Franklin Moss, Norm Abrams, Isadore Goodman, Frank Hamel, John Miller, Karl Weik, Julian Ross, Kenneth Pike, Homer Green, Frank Longenecker, etc.-and concluded that, many of those words 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. Having taken that journey through history, we've certainly come to appreciate the past and all it means. As a result, we're now inviting you to mirror our travels. Your guide is this 50th Anniversary Commemorative Journal. The following pages present: . Decade-by-decade timelines, listing FTA's and its members' major accomplishments. . Engaging Q8(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. . Signature columns by past and present FTA Presidents. Perhaps most important of all, current members have their say. Their remarks, presented under the heading "Today's Testimonials," are brief and to the point. Collectively, they delve into the value of FTA membership, the meaning of networking with peers, the need for standardization and specification, the importance of educa- tion, 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 society. It's one we're honored to present, as FTA's story continues to be one for the ages. 6 FTA 50th Anniversary Journal
Flexo Sustainable Spring 2008