1997 AAPA Convention:
The annual convention of the American Amateur Press Association
was held on August 8, 9, and 10 at the Dan Emmett House Hotel in
Mount Vernon, Ohio. The delegates published an electronic version
of the convention newspaper.
Thursday, August 7, 1997
Gary Bossler, Charlie Bush, Len Carrick, Joe and Sandra Diachenko,
Linda Donaldson, Jim and Helen Doolittle, Al and Alma Fick, Bob
and Rosella Fusfeld, Joe and Vera Gardner, George Wm. ("Bill")
Hamilton, J. Hill Hamon, Lee Hawes, Bill Haywood, Guy and Annabel
Miller, Mike O'Connor, Dean Rea, Jeff Schroff, Jack and Maxine
Scott, & Julie, Don, and Jane Scott, Bruce Smith, Harry Spence,
John and Anna Beth Vaglienti.
- Greetings from the central moraine area of Ohio, in the
pleasant town of Mt. Vernon. I arrived at about 10:30, and was
welcomed by the official AAPA greeter, Lee Hawes, who had
arrived on Tuesday. Fred Liddle, where are you? I was sorry to
hear that Les and Elaine Boyer, and Jack Swenson would not be
coming either. Len Carrick managed to fly to Columbus, Ohio,
without his airplane! He promises to walk on the water in the
swimming pool tomorrow morning at dawn. It is great to see so
many of my old friends again. AAPA conventions are truly family
-- J. Hill Hamon, the Whippoorwill Press
- Additional to the list of those who are here is the sad news
of those who for assorted reasons have cancelled their scheduled
appearance. The latter roster includes the Boyers, Jack Swanson,
Roy Lindberg and John Larsen, Tom Whitbread, and and and. We'll
Spelling notes from all over: The grocery not too distant
from the Dan Emmett Motel advises that unless you show an ID,
those under 26 may not purchase tobbaco (sic) products. Mount
Vernon is a cool town, but those of us who have cased the
place suggest that Gay St. be renamed as Church St.
-- George Hamilton, Vienna
- Greetings to all ye who are not here. I understand Len
Carrick had an especially exciting trip to get here. I've heard
tell that he was mistaken for a pigeon in St. Louis, and
someone was shooting corn cobs at him to get him out of flight!
I can't wait to see him walk on water tomorrow morning!
-- Linda Donaldson
- This will be my 24th consecutive convention since 1974. I am
often asked which convention was the best one. I'm no fool! The
best convention is the one I am attending.
-- Charlie Bush, Old St. Joe
- Bill Haywood and I wondered if we were not supposed to make
it to the convention. He's been fighting a cold for about three
weeks. I developed some problems last week and went into the
hospital this morning for some pre-admission testing to have a
small tumor removed next Thursday. On the way to the hospital
the muffler fell off my car. I took it to Midas and showed them
my guarantee and they fixed it. With the muffler at "no charge,
" it still cost more than it did originally.
-- Gary Bossler
- WELCOME TO OHIO! Hope everyone had a pleasant trip. It's
great to be here among friends that I haven't seen for many
years and meet new ones. This is the first Convention I have
attended in twelve years. Hope it isn't so long until I can
attend another one. I agree with Dale Starr--Computers ARE kewl!
-- Jeff Schroff
- Okay, gang, where's the press and type? Gary loaded my
Cutlass with so much computer equipment that there was no room
for my Pilot press and a case of type. Surely Fred Liddle would
bring some genuine printing (you know, letterpress) stuff. But
the old Carpetbagger didn't get here, and everyone else seems to
be involved in this Bill Gates enrichment program.
They tell me that I have been risking my health with all
that lead type, cleaning fluid and oil-based ink. It seems to
me that someone should have told me during my 45+ years at the
News Editorial Art department that the paint we used for photo
retouching and the rubber cement used for "paste-up" and its
thinner were volatile. Forget the artists around you, lighting
a cigaret from the butt of another. Can it be that looking
into the face of this monitor is healthful? Perhaps I should
ask my son for a computer for my 82nd birthday next week. It
might enhance the remaining years of my life as a scribe and
I can remember when the first Mergenthaler computers were
introduced at The News and The Times, and the unions demanded
that a research project be established to determine how much
radiation would be emanating from the monitor. Of course,
considering that I have gone back to a medium that never
seemed to have interfered with the lifestyle of the monks
working over their parchments by candlelight. Or was there
something dangerous in that ox-gall ink? I think it would be
well for me to quote Alfred E. Newman, who said "What, me
-- William F. Haywood
- MURPHY'S LAW: If anything can go wrong, it will!
Our plan to accept e-mail at the convention at
"firstname.lastname@example.org" went to pot when we arrived at the hotel and
found that there is no local access number for JUNO in
Mt. Vernon. They have since discontinued the 800 number as it
was costing them too much money. Then the telephone outlet
jacks all over the conference rooms we found out were not
telephone jacks at all but were Cat 5 ethernet connections to
connect a bunch of computers with network cards in them. A
young computer genius here in Mt. Vernon came over to the
hotel and helped us get connected to AOL. So now if you'd
like to e-mail the convention , send it to me at
"email@example.com." We're sorry for the false
advertising. Probably when I get home I'll have a slew of
nasty notes asking why we're not answering our e-mail. We will
take care of that when we get back home.
-- Gary Bossler
Craig Sheldon and Susan Yousel, Marguerite Grundig, Blaine Lewis,
Ken and Betty Metzler, Ivan Snyder, Dale and Mary Jane Stedman,
Bill Venrick, and Jack Visser.
Friday, August 8, 1997
The Maryland Contingent Arrives
It's very hard for Norma and I to comment intelligently on the
convention for two reasons: (1) we just got here and, (2) this is
our first AAPA convention. However, this should not stop us for
expressing our very strong opinions. Thus far, we very much
enjoyed the informal atmosphere and the edibles on the tables when
we arrived, especially the butterscotch candy, our very
favorite. We do believe that, once we have a little more
experience at our first AAPA convention, we will probably say,
``We really loved it!''
--Norm & Jim Kapplin
So long as you don't ask, ``Why?'' we can proceed to explain that
the Western Aurora was a major news source in Mt. Vernon as
early as 1826, first carrying the burdensome title of Western
Aurora & Mount Vernon Gazette. In 1829 it trimmed its title to
the one gracing our little journal and soon afterward picked up a
printer's devil by the name of Dan Emmett. Its last publication
date (before this 1997 resurrection) was 1835.
As to the kind of printer Uncle Dan became, history is
silent. No matter. The fact that he probably stuck type and fed a
press makes him more famous in our eyes than any old song named
Incidentally, the first newspaper to appear around these parts
was issued in 1813. At least 34 news sheets appeared in the
Mt. Vernon area during the 19th Century, including suffragette
Amelia Bloomer's The Lily, the Temperance Union's
cheery output, The Broadax, and the Mt. Vernon True Whig
& Chippewa War Club.
-- Guy Miller
I Come to Advocate Old Technology
My name is Rich Hopkins and I have come to this convention from my
home in the hills of West Virginia--my first AAPA convention since
1963--to tell everyone about the Monotype system and how wonderful
it is. Then I end up setting type on this computer and doing my
thing in Pagemaker. Heaven forbid. What world do I really have my
feet implanted in?
- It is great for all these letterpress nuts to come together
in Mount Vernon. Jack Scott with his display of student
composing sticks, Dale Star making composition rollers for a
Kelsey Press, and all the various other evidence of another
As a contrast to sanity, Gary Bossler suggests that next
year we will have to bring in several computers to accomodate
all the interest in using this substitute for a composing
stick. Deliver me! The day I go to a printers conference where
the number of computers outnumbers presses, all the pioneers
from Moxon to Goudy will have done it all for naught.
- IT IS A REAL JOY and pleasure to be with all the fine folks
at the AAPA Convention in Mount Vernon. It is a genuine pleasure
as well to note that I have never been cheated by anyone in the
printing trade. It is a shame to be able to say otherwise with
some other trades or organizations with which I have been
associated. The fellowship in such an organization is a
reassurance of the concept that the goodness of human nature is
not a lost cause as some of us might be led to believe when we
look around us and wonder where all the good people have
gone. Not unlike ``where have all the flowers gone?''
PHILOSOPHERS do not have a corner on concern. Let us be
thankful that when people are involved with words that there
is such an organization as AAPA and people such as make up
this and other similar organizations. LONG LIVE THE
PRESS--mostly free and unemcumbered by regulations (at least
to a point). GRATEFUL to be a part and another Friend of
-- BILL VENRICK (Kritikosity), Lancaster, Ohio.
- Hi! I'm Dale Starr, from Columbus, Ohio. We are having a
great time at the convention, wish you were here.
- How frightening!? After listening to Rich Hopkins this
morning, I've decided I should go home, and dedicate myself to
buying more type! I believe I should expend some portion of my
monthly pittance toward buying new Quaker City type, so that
when I am old enough to handset type regularly, there will be
some in my cases to set!
I also rather scared myself, when I read Mike ``Rabble
Rouser'' O'Connor's contribution to the July bundle, and
rather found myself agreeing with him! Computers are nice, as
is letterpress. I do believe the two can survive
compatibly. Sometimes it is soothing to work by hand, just as
it is convenient to take advantage of the new
technologies. Several of the folks in attendance reinforce
this notion, as they use the ``ancient'' and cyber
technologies every day.
We'll hope to see you all in future bundles, or future
-- Linda Donaldson
- Wonderful convention this year in Mt Vernon. I do miss the
mountains that we had in Rapid City. Weather has been unsual
for this area they tell us.
Mild, sunny and balmy. I think that a person could really
get to love this part of the country if he/she tried but I
would have to check out a winter before making my mind up for
sure. Might also have to build a 10,000 foot hill or two to
feel at home.
-- Len Carrick
- This convention has been lots of fun! My only regret is that
I missed the morning sessions. but I have thoroughly enjoyed the
events I was in time for. The Coyne tour was an eye-opener--I
have never seen such a big paper cutter in my life. We also
learned about roller casting and right and left hand pencils,
were entertained by the musical talents of the Shipleys, and had
delicious food. WOW!!!
- What a neat & well planned convention! Thanks to all. Rich
Hopkins really brought us up to date in the metallic world of
lead--and so many other interesting conversations and
-- The Stedmans
Mike and Suzanne Anderson, Ted and Edna Conover, Rich and Lynda
Hopkins, Austin and Jean Jones, Jim and Norma Kapplin, Jerry and
JoAnn Martin, Marge Petrone, Sky and Johanna Shipley, Bruce and
Alida Smith. Final count 38 members, 20 guests.
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