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FLEXO Magazine : Golden Anniversary Commemorative Journal
HEARD FROM THE HALL MR. AMBASSADOR During a Board of Directors meeting of the FTA in 1984, we discussed and approved trips to further the advancement of flexography in the South Pacific. George Parisi then worked up a trip for FTA Workshops to be held in Aukland, New Zealand, plus Sydney and Melbourne, Australia. The contingency of FTA members that made the trip were George Parisi, FTA; Jerry Hallee, PCMC; Jerry Shields, Graymills, Inc.; , Stu Cecil, DuPont Corp.; Wes Beck, Beck Engraving; and me, Joe Trungale of Pamarco, Inc. Maurice Buckley, who was president If Pamarco at that time contacted his Tiends at Visyboard, Inc.-the largest ::orrugated manufacturer in Australia. Through this contact, FTA's team of ambassadors, was treated to a night of touring Sydney Harbor on the Sundowner, a yacht owned by Richard Pratt. During this tour of the harbor, all of us we were taken back a bit by seeing an Australian Navy submarine surface. It was a breathtaking sight-one I remember to this day. Other fond memories of that jour- ney include those of flexographers and friends that I made Down Under, as well as the tours of their plants and the capabilities demonstrated. Six years later, in November of 1990, Converflex, an Italian trade show organization, conducted a Flexo ex- hibition with flexo training seminars in Moscow. At that time, Russia was part of the United Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR). There were a few FTA members who made this trip and set up exhibits of their products, The exhibit hall was small by our standards, but it was large enough for operating a blown film extruder inline with a flexo press and convert- ing station to produce 4-color plastic bags. The exhibition lasted ibout 10 days and t stretched over the llanksgiving Holiday. l few of us were fortu- nate enough to have a roast beef dinner, prepared by a British Kitchen at the exhibit hall. There were quite a lot of Russian political people who visited the exhibit; several of whom informed us about the practice of having an agent who would handle all details of selling goods to the USSR. One Australian speakers. Wes Beck at right. George Parisi. FTA; Marla Teresa Albergettl; Captain of The Sundowner. Australian speakers and Joe Trungale. Fun on The Sundowner at Sydney Harbor. Flexo exhibitors from the U.S.. Including Walter Runck (Pamarco). Bill Dowdell (DuPont). Joe Trungale (Pamarco) and Howard Vreeland (Anderson & Vreeland). of the things that I recall was that this was during the Glastnos era, where relationships between the Soviet Union and the western world were beginning to thaw. The Mrs. America contest and the Mrs. Soviet Union contest were simultaneously held dur- ing this period of time and the contestants from the United States stayed in the Cosmos Hotel, where several of the FTA members were also stay- ing. There was a lot of KGB security at this hotel, most of it at the door, where they screened people who entered. How do you spell Pamarco In Russian? Aukland. NZ speakers and Jerry. I Discussing anllox rolls: Russian Interpreter. Joe Trungale. Government printing official from U.S.S.R. The FTA contingency that I recall included: Wes Anderson and Howard Vreeland Jr. of Anderson 8( Vreeland, Bill Dowdell of DuPont; Walter Runck and me, Joe Trungale of Pamarco, Inc.; Joel Shulman ofJelmar Publications; and Juan Jaramillo who published a Spanish Newsletter. -Joseph Trungale, FfA Hall of Farner, FfA Historian, Pamarco, Inc. FTA 50th Anniversary Journal 37
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