1998 AAPA Convention:
Sixth Time in Tampa
by David M. Tribby
Over 50 people attended the 1998 convention of the American
Amateur Press Association, held in Tampa, Florida, during May 14 -
17. Members came from as far away as Paris, France, and Santiago,
Chile, to enjoy a relaxing but informative weekend.
Convention chairman Lee Hawes has participated in numerous AAPA
conventions and hosted successful Tampa gatherings in 1966, 1971,
1981, 1986, and 1991. He was assisted by fellow Tampa member Fred
The first function on opening night, Thursday, May 14th, was
dinner at the Valencia Garden restaurant.
Friday morning's session started at 9:30 with a word of welcome
from the convention committee and reports from officers (Official
Editor Mike O'Connor, Mailer Jack Scott, Manuscript Manager Joe
Gardner, Board of Directors chair Les Boyer, and President Dean
Rea). Speakers during the day included Dave Tribby ("AAPA on the
Web"), Marge Petrone ("Writing for Play...and Plays"), Joanna Fox
("AAPA From an Almost-New Member's Point-of-View"), Jim Anderson
("Olde Mill House Gallery & Printing Museum, Homosassa"), and the
team of Len Carrick, Fred Liddle, & Harry Spence ("How to
Maintain Regularity...in Publishing, That is"). The traditional
visit to a Chinese restaurant (Ho Ho's) was Friday night.
Saturday's presenters included Dean Rea ("How to Introduce
Friends to Picas, Press and Printing"), Al Fick & J.Hill Hamon
("Poe-e-try For You and Me"), Don Brady ("Miniature Books"), and
J. Hill Hamon ("Writing One's Memoirs, Part II"). In the afternoon
Sky Shipley, assisted by his wife Johanna, led a fast-paced
auction that raised $820.
The banquet Saturday night included presentation of awards:
- First Annual Sheldon C. & Helen Wesson Award for the
Preservation of Letterpress Printing to Rich Hopkins for
his work in Monotype University and keeping thousands of
matrices. He received the Wesson miniature (2 by 4) press that
was carried to various Army camps to publish during World War
II. (Lee Hawes' remarks are available
on a separate page.)
- Linda Donaldson announced the Past Presidents' Award for
Best New Journal went to Ken Rystrom for Sea Watch
Press. Runners-up were David and Ruth George for Tantau
Avenue Review and Johanna Shipley for Joyance.
- Presidential Citations from Dean Rea:
- Leland Hawes, Jr. & Fred Liddle...for hosting this and
other conventions, by making this trip to Tampa so enjoyable
for fellow members and by fostering the spirit of amateur
journalism through your longtime participation in this
- Barry Schrader...for more than a decade promoting the
printing craft and in recruiting members during the annual
Printers' Fair in San Francisco.
- David Tribby...for surveying the field of
telecommunications as a potential medium for the practice
and enjoyment of amateur journalism, by establishing and
updating AAPA's home pages on the Internet and by your
longtime service in publishing Ink Cahoots.
- Dale and Mary Jane Stedman...as photographers of the
annual convention entourage--a task requiring a sharp focus,
a drill sergeant's skill of troop assembly and the ability
to decipher names scribbled on a clipboard to match faces on
- Ginger...by publishing a dog-gone good journal,
Ginger Snaps, and by guarding and guiding the
otherwise wayward hand of a sometimes dentist, occasional
pilot and amateur journalist Len Carrick, I hereby name you
as an honorary member with all of the rights that you can
gnaw, paw and beg from this merry pack of fellow printers
- Convention Chairman Lee Hawes announced three recognition
The picnic at Fred and Betty Liddle's wound up festivities on
Sunday afternoon. Members finished setting type for the convention
paper, which Fred will print for distribution in the bundle.
Greg McKelvey took electronic pictures during the convention.
Twenty of the photos are available for
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