“Happy Father’s Day, Becky!”

I remember in 1974 when my brother was born, how excited my father was at the time. It was important to him that the Macro name continue in perpetuity and birthing two sons—as my father and mother had—was imperative to maintaining the lineage of a waning familial name. 

Truth be told, my father came from a family of four (three brothers and a sister) of which he lost an older brother to a childhood disease and another to World War II. And then to be raised by his oldest sister. A fantastic independent Italian woman, I remember her unrivaled kindness and generosity. She made the most incredible raisin-filled cookies. 

As a father myself, my wife and I have raised three sons. As life continued, we watched our family grow to include two grandsons and miraculously—over COVID—my oldest son and his wife gave birth to a little granddaughter. That said, my youngest brothers (I have a half-brother from my father’s second marriage) both have sons. So, it would go without saying that our family (until 2020) was destined to bring boys into this world. I would often lament that our family has not seen a Macro girl for over three generations. 

But I stand corrected. 

I failed to recognize that my mother and father gave birth to a baby girl in the early sixties, who lived for only a week. Her name was Becky. She was born prematurely as my mother was a Type I diabetic and—at the time—the combination was proven to be complicated due to the lack of medical advancements available at the time. Becky would have been my sister, the oldest sibling of my immediate family. 

I tell you this story, especially on the eve of Father’s Day 2020, to pay homage to her. I had forgotten her having never met her. Although she has a grave marker to remind us of her past, life’s progressions have rendered her memories limited to those who had the opportunity to experience her very short life. I often think about how my life would have been changed had she been exposed to the advancements in medicine that we have become accustomed to today. I think about all the advice she could have extended to me amongst the many questionable decisions I made throughout my life (like taking a semester off to sell grandfather clocks at the Wyoming Valley Mall). 

So, to all women out there who have been forgotten, who have made unrecognized contributions to the world—albeit small or grandiose—I salute you. And, I salute Becky. 

PGSF BLOG Womens Labour Book CoverAs this blog is in recognition of everything Graphic Communication, I was so moved by a recent book I acquired entitled Women’s Labour and The History of the Book in Early Modern England (edited by Valerie Wayne, The Arden Shakespeare, 2022). It is a compilation of essays that explore the roles of women in printing, publishing, papermaking, bookbinding, and book collecting alike. Dr. Wayne and her esteemed colleagues provide significant historical research into identifying the lost women who were integral to the purveyance of the printed book within the Early Modern Era in both England and the United States—intriguing stories of oppression, dedication, craftsmanship, and entrepreneurialism—unrecognized within the annals of history. 

In my next blog, I will introduce you to a few of these interesting women who established presses or continued the production of book manufacturing in a time reserved only for men. 

I can only imagine that my sister Becky would have made her own contributions to our ever-changing and reconditioning world. But I must first begin simply by recognizing Her, so that her memory is not lost to me, my family, or the world–for that matter. 

Happy Father’s Day Becky. And to all women who have helped preserve knowledge, may the book continue to be written. 

Ken

PGSF Announces Retirement of Bernadine Eckert

Managing Director is being honored with a new Endowment

Pittsburgh, PA — September 20, 2022Bernadine (Bernie) Eckert, long time Bernie EckertManaging Director of the Print & Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) will be retiring in December 2022. Bernie has worked tirelessly for over 20 years managing the scholarship process for thousands of students who are working on furthering their education in the Graphic Arts. She will be greatly missed by her team at PGSF as well as by the students, faculty and the PGSF board.  

“It has been a privilege to work with Bernie and see firsthand how she has positively impacted so many people,” said Ted Straus, PGSF Board member and President /CEO of Suttle-Straus. “PGSF has truly benefitted from Bernie’s passion and dedication to the organization. Thank you, Bernie, for everything that you have done for PGSF!”

To honor Bernie’s extensive career with PGSF, an endowed scholarship in her name has been established. This will ensure that her memory endures for years to come throughout the Graphic Arts Industry, offering financial aid to students entering the Graphic Arts industry. The goal is to have it fully funded by the time she leaves the foundation in December 2022. 

PGSF calls on industry professionals, companies and others who might be alumni, previous scholarship recipients, and those who have benefited from the tireless work Bernie gave to the foundation to donate towards this effort. If you have hired previous scholarship beneficiaries or look to add younger individuals to your staff in the future, this is one-way organizations and individuals can show support and level up the opportunities into the future.  

The PGSF Staff and Board of Directors is honored to welcome donations of any size. This will ensure that her passion, enormous efforts, and Bernie’s name will continue in perpetuity to the benefit of students annually. 

To encourage participation, a generous benefactor has stepped up to match every $100 donation made in the fall of 2022 to help achieve required endowment levels.

Donations can be made at PGSF.org or by going directly to the Bernie Eckert Endowment PayPal page.  Those who would like send a check can mail it to the attention of Jeff White. PGSF Development Director, PO Box 15348, Pittsburgh PA 15237. Please note in the memo section that it is for Bernie’s Fund. You can also scan the QR code with your phone to learn more and donate.

Bernie Eckert Endowment Fundraising QR Code

About PGSF

The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation is a not-for-profit, private, industry-directed organization that dispenses technical and college scholarships and assistance to talented youth interested in graphic communication careers, as well as current employees in the industry. The mission of PGSF is to promote the graphics industry as a career choice and to support students through their education process.

Contact:

Jeffrey White
Director of Development
412-608-2855
jeff.white@pgsf.org

www.pgsf.org

PGSF to Participate at Two Industry Events: Americas Print Show and Printing United

Pittsburgh, PA — June 8, 2022The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) is pleased to announce that it will be participating at two upcoming industry events: the Americas Print Show, taking place August 17-19 in Columbus, OH, and Printing United, October 19-21 in Las Vegas, NV.

Americas Print Show '22

At the Americas Print Show, PGSF will be at the workforce development area, booth 1741. The non-profit will be involved in the Student Day, Thursday, August 18th, which will include a tour of FSC-certified Hopkins Printing for educators, students, and their families. Printing United Expo

A similar tour is planned during Printing United, where PGSF will be at booth N1203. 

“We look forward to meeting with the community at the upcoming expos,” comments Dianne Bullas, Operations Director, PGSF. “As the print industry evolves, and products such as wall décor, carpets, and clothing are produced in addition to magazines and packaging, there is a career path opportunity for almost everyone. The industry is fueling jobs in finance, human resources, mechanics, IT, customer service, sales, marketing, safety, logistics, press operators and technicians, and more. It’s a great industry for learning and advancement.”

For more information, visit www.PGSF.org.

 

About PGSF

The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation is a not-for-profit, private, industry-directed organization that dispenses technical and college scholarships and assistance to talented youth interested in graphic communications careers. The mission of PGSF is to promote the graphics industry as a career choice for young people and then to support them through their education process. 

 

Contact:

Jeff White

Director of Development, PGSF

jeff.white@pgsf.org

412-608-2855

We are On Air!

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff White, Director of Development at PGSF, and Joe Lyman, CEO of GLGA, join Deborah Corn to discuss aiding long-term student success, exciting new school programs and grants, exposing younger generations to the magic of the print industry – and how you can help!

Listen to this episode by searching for Podcasts From The Printerverse on your preferred podcast platform.

OR visit: https://podcasts.printmediacentr.com/supporting-students-with-jeff-white-pgsf-and-joe-lyman-glga/

 

Roger Gimbel’s Popular Print Industry Paperback Now an E-Book

Garden City, NY — June 16, 2022

Roger Gimbel's I'm Not Anyone

I’m Not Anyone” by Roger Gimbel is filled with interesting anecdotes and stories covering the author’s 50+ year career in the printing industry. The book is now available on Amazon in either paperback or eBook format.

“We’ve had great feedback from the paperback edition,” said Gimbel. “People seem to enjoy the stories about the print business and my observations about industry trends and developments. I am grateful to all the book buyers who have supported the Herman L. and Audrey M. Gimbel Memorial Scholarship. Now we’re adding the eBook.”

Mr. Gimbel donates the book sale proceeds to the scholarship administered by the Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation. His contributions impact the lives of college students focused on the graphic arts industry by supporting their education. The new low-cost electronic format will help distribute the book among college students who often have limited financial resources.

Roger Gimbel started his business career working in his father’s print shop. Gimbel relates the events that steered his life, and sometimes changed his trajectory in “I’m Not Anyone”, interspersed with a narration of developments in digital printing.

As reviewer Lance Drucker writes, “Roger Gimbel could be the most interesting man I know. I didn’t realize this until I read his book, “I’m Not Anyone”. I knew Roger to be a successful business owner in the printing world. I had no idea of his wild side. Motorcycles, drugs, clothes, clubs, yachts, and Forrest Gump-like experiences with some of the most iconic people in recent history.”

Buy “I’m Not Anyone” now at Amazon in either paperback or eBook form.

ABOUT GIMBEL & ASSOCIATES 

Gimbel & Associates is an international management consulting firm working to ignite business growth through digital technologies. As an independent company, they offer clients customized consulting services to achieve their sales and marketing goals. With an extensive background in print services, print production, digital print, marketing communications, database management, training, and direct marketing, Gimbel & Associates helps their clients accomplish their growth and efficiency goals.

Print Across Generations – Video Interview

A candid conversation between Roger Gimbel and Kelsey Fields

Roger Gimbel - I'm Not Anyone

Roger Gimbel of Gimbel & Associates has a few years of experience watching the print and graphics industry evolve. As the author of “I’m Not Anyone – A Story of Reinvention and Acceptance”, he has stories around his career journey (including discotheques), perspectives, and inspiration to share. Proceeds from book sales go directly to support scholarships given annually by PGSF.

PGSF past scholarship recipient and emerging voice in the industry, Kelsey Fields , Program Manager at Printing United Alliance, brings her energy and curiosity to a lively conversation about the book. She explores questions about the opportunities for the next generation, her pathway through college, and where she sees the excitement growing into the future.

Take a few minutes to listen and we encourage you to buy the book on Amazon today to help support the PGSF Funding.

Endowment History – The Henry Wurst, Inc. Scholarship

Established 1997

Henry WurstHenry Wurst, Inc. was founded by Henry E. Wurst in Kansas City in 1937. The company provided short- and long-run printing and print-related services to businesses across the nation. Products manufactured by Henry Wurst, Inc. included catalogs, coupons, magazine and newspaper inserts, booklets, and brochures. In 2019, Henry Wurst, Inc. was acquired by Mittera.

Funds for this scholarship are provided to students seeking careers in graphic communications. Preference is given to qualified students residing in the Kansas City, or Raleigh, NC, areas. A student enrolled at Pittsburg State University, Central Missouri State University, or Appalachian State University would also be a preferred recipient.

The Henry Wurst, Inc. Scholarship is part of our Gutenberg group of endowments which is comprised of members that have made a gift commitment of over $100,000. To learn more about all of our endowed scholarships go to our online book. Learn more about the opportunities and benefits of creating an endowment with PGSF on our Endowments page. More questions – contact the PGSF Director of Development, Jeff White.  

Endowment History – Stanley Freimuth Scholarship/ FUJIFILM USA, Inc.

Established 2001

This scholarship was established to honor Stanley Freimuth, Chief Operation Officer of Fuji Photo Film, USA, Inc., Graphics Systems Division. Stan joined Fuji in 1983 as national sales and marketing manager and was promoted to division manager, general manager, vice president, senior vice president, and president of the company’s Graphic Arts Products Division and president of the Industrial Imaging Marketing Groups, before his appointment as COO in 2001.

Prior to joining Fuji, Stan served in various functions at Pako Corporation, with his final position as director of graphic arts for that company. He is past chairman of NPES. Freimuth established Fuji as a major vendor to the U.S. printing industry and revolutionized product distribution channels to that marketplace. He  holds a B.S. degree from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and an M.B.A. from American University in Washington, D.C.

The Stanley Freimuth Scholarship is part of our Senefelder group of endowments which is comprised of members that have made a gift commitment of over $50,000-99,999. To learn more about all of our endowed scholarships go to our online book. Learn more about the opportunities and benefits of creating an endowment with PGSF on our Endowments page. More questions – contact the PGSF Director of Development, Jeff White.