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FLEXO Magazine : Golden Anniversary Commemorative Journal
OUR DEFINING YEARS-THE 19705 and 19805... Reflecting on activities and developments that helped FTA/FFTA grow and prosper leads me to conclude that, 2008 is really a very special year for FTA. Special because FTA is celebrating its 50th Anniversary, special because it is the 34th birthday of the Foundation ofFTA and special because it is the 32nd birthday of FLEXO. These are very important dates to me personally, and I'm sure to every member ofFTA. Anniversaries, birthdays, etc., are not just to reflect on past or current accomplishments, they are for looking ahead to future opportunities that await us. FTA members will agree this celebra- tion of these notable dates will show that we have established a solid base on which to continue to expand both our growth and our success in the future. Much has been written about the history of this excellent organization over the years. What follows is my attempt to put together some of the events, activities, etc., that are not generally known, but I do believe should become part of our written his- tory. It is by no means complete. The defining years for FTA were the 1970s and 1980s-a pe- riod of rapid growth in membership, a growing acceptance of the flexographic printing process by consumers, and recognition by other printing processes. We no longer heard words like, "tail-end printers," "can't maintain dot structure," "can't print process," or "can't print long runs, etc." OUR HUMBLE BEGINNINGS...When our founding fathers decided to break away from their "aniline committee" status within the Packaging Institute, they hired Julian Ross as executive secretary of FTA in 1958. Julian provided knowledge, office space, etc., and received no salary at first. He was able to do this since he ran a small multiple management firm with four small trade as- sociations as his clients. When Julian decided to retire in 1968, a Search Committee was formed with Doug Tuttle, then with Pamarco, and a mem- ber of the Hall of Fame, as chairman. Julian may have recom- mended me to the committee, since my business background was very similar to his. I had spent several years with the American Newspaper Publishers Association (ANPA) and other major na- tional trade associations. Many years later, while at FTA, I offered my services as volunteer secretary for the Flexo Newspaper Users Group (NPFUG) as it experienced early growing pains. Like Julian, I had also been employed by a multiple manage- ment firm, where TLMI was a client, along with five other small 54 FTA 50th Anniversary Journal trade associations. TLMI was my introduction to the flexographic printing process. We conducted Management Ratio Studies and Factory Cost Estimate Studies for this group, and, with each new study conducted, the word "Flexo" began to appear more and more as the preferred, least expensive method to print. With TLMI growing at an explosive rate, it became obvious that this group needed a lot more time and attention. It moved its head- quarters outside the New York area. This, in turn, led me to FTA. MY FIRST EXPOSURE TO FTA...As a guest at the 10th Annual FTA Forum, April 23-24, 1968, at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel, I had the opportunity to meet a number of people, most of whom were plant technical and supervisory personnel. It seemed to me that everyone could see the light at the end of the tunnel and that it was only a matter of time before success would be achieved. Registration for members was $40, which included all sessions and two luncheons, plus the written proceedings of the meeting. Non-members paid $60, sans proceedings. MY ELECTION TO THE HALL OF FAME...Being recog- nized by your peers for your contributions to further the advance- ment of the flexographic printing process and joining an elite group of individuals is indeed a great honor and one that I will never forget. To my further amazement, on that day, was the announcement of the creation of a scholarship in my name. The funds to sustain this award were made possible from our membership, as well as our FTA staff. John Shreve's announcement at Forum really came as a complete surprise. Our commitment to education started shortly after we became an association. It is not generally known, but during the early 1960s, a very young FTA conducted a series of lectures at the New York School of Printing. Thanks to Mr. Irving Lush, an instructor at the school, together with my predecessor, Julian Ross, a program consisting of a series of lectures over several weeks was developed. Conducted in the evenings, these speakers-both converters and suppliers-devoted their time and knowledge to assisting and teaching young people entering this relatively new field.
Flexo Sustainable Spring 2008