Over 50 members and friends convened in Little Rock, Arkansas, over the May 13-16 weekend for the 1999 annual convention. Participants, who came from throughout the United States, ranged in age from teenagers to octogenarians.
Convention chairman John Horn and his wife Robyn prepared an interesting program. The highlight for most members was touring and working in his Shooting Star print shop and viewing the numerous presses he has on display (plus working Linotype and Ludlow). Because of John's excellent printing plant, members were able to prepare type for a larger than normal convention paper.
Delegates began arriving at the Holiday Inn Select on Thursday afternoon. Most walked to Regas, a nearby restaurant, for dinner. Later the hospitality suite was open for socializing.
Friday morning started with an open house at John and Robyn's home, Cedar Glen. Later in the morning, action moved up the road to the Shooting Star Press where members got their first look at John's extensive collection of printing equipment. After a lunch catered by Catfish City, delegates were officially welcomed by Convention Chairman Horn and President Dean Rea. John described some of the adventures he and Robyn have had moving printing equipment. He also led discussions on how members plan on dealing with their printing equipment estates, and ideas for setting up a teaching printing museum in the central United States. The traditional visit to a Chinese restaurant (Yen Ching) was Friday night.
Saturday's presenters included reports from officers (including a description of Project ALERT from Second Vice President Bill Venrick), ``Taking Wild Ideas to Print'' by Greg McKelvey, and ``What Does It Take to Recruit New Members,'' a panel discussion including Les Boyer, Dave Tribby, and John Horn. In the afternoon Sky Shipley, assisted by his wife Johanna, led a fast-paced auction that solicited $770 in bids on about 60 items.
The banquet Saturday night included presentation of awards:
A picnic and print session at the Horn home wound up festivities on Sunday. Sky and Johanna Shipley provided music at the picnic, playing guitar, banjo, fiddle, and dulcimer. After eating the barbecued hamburgers and chicken, members finished setting type for the convention paper, which John will print for distribution in the bundle.
Greg McKelvey took numerous electronic photos during the convention. One page features members and guests. Another page highlight the home (Cedar Glen) and print shop (Shooting Star Press) of John and Robyn Horn, our convention hosts. A third page contains pictures I didn't have time to label but are too good to leave on the cutting room floor.