View From The Publisher – September 04

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Sometimes life has a way of presenting an almost inexplicable curve which seems so unfair. One such defining moment for me occurred during the 28th Olympic Games when Canadian Perdita Felicien’s dream of a gold medal in the 100-meter hurdles came crashing down on the first hurdle.

At a news conference 21 hours after her crash, Felicien admitted something was missing — perhaps the hunger that had motivated her to win both the world indoor and outdoor titles and gave her the top spot in her event heading into the Olympics. "There’s a lesson to be learned," she said. "The hardest thing in the past year was to fight complacency. Before Paris (site of the 2003 world athletics championships) I wanted it so muchC9 But now I’ve got to think forward to Beijing in 2008."

Felicien’s honesty and frankness is an inspiration for all of us to get up and go at it again when life deals us a bad hand.

Heidelberg Canada hosted a media event at their headquarters in Toronto where they demonstrated a wide range of their printing equipment. See page 43 for information on their upcoming open house.

We will be an exhibitor (Booth #2491) at the Graph Expo and Converting Expo 2004 in Chicago on October 10-13.   If you’re at the show, make sure you stop by and say hello. We will be closing the October issue of Graphic Arts Magazine on September 23rd so hurry if you intend to place an insert into the October edition which will be distributed at the Expo in Chicago.

For those who will not be making the trip to Chicago, we hope to see you at Print Ontario in Toronto this November.

May your troubles be less,
And your blessings be more.
And nothing but happiness
Come through your door.
As always, stay positive.

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Joe Mulcahy Publisher, Graphic Arts Magazine joe@graphicartsmag.com