A New Year

I would like to start this blog on a sad note. A good friend and colleague, Kim Sommers, died in December of a brain aneurysm. Kim was smart, funny, kind,creative and energetic person who was a joy to know. She was an outstanding athlete ( runner and swimmer ) who regularly was among the leaders in her age group in local races. Her positive enthusiasm and wonderful creativity will be sorely missed. She was a single mom raising 3 great children. Goodbye, Kim.

What will this year bring the Graphic Arts Industry? Some think that the quantitative easing ( printing a whole lot of dollars ) by the Fed will lead to price inflation and a marked decrease in the value of the dollar. This means that everything that we must buy will cost more which results in higher prices for our products. Our customers will scream and we will look for ways to cut costs to ease the pain. The trouble is, there is little fat left to trim off.

I think that this year I will try to add a bit of book binding knowledge to each blog. This may add some interest to an otherwise boring diatribe by me. Here is the first of what I hope will be many.

Around the 5th century b.c.e. the Greeks mostly used papyrus as a writing medium. Virtually all of it came from Egypt and the Greek word for papyrus was ‘byblos’ and Greek for book was ‘biblion’ from which came the English word ‘bible’ which was ‘the book’ for Christians.

OK, that is the end of the lesson for this blog. I hate to give my printer friends a head ache by filling their heads with knowledge.

We just finished some interesting box jobs that I will try to shoot and place on this site. Bear with me as I am very technologically challenged. We also finished a very tiny miniature book job that measured about 1/2″ x 3/4″ in size.

I hope this year brings good fortune to all and I hope that our leaders in Washington are infused with both wisdom and morality.

Till next time

Karl Grummich

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