Friday, May 14, 2010

Going to Press

When our VP, Holly Foland, and I went to visit our printer for the first time, I fell in love with Industry. That is, I fell in love with it again. I remembered all the factories, fisheries, farms, hangars, canneries, and warehouses across the country that I visited as a child. They were always fascinating hubs of work. Good, hard work, done well. Each a master of the art of specialization. A picture of what's behind the scenes of the individual products we use every day.

Our first book went to the press today. I should feel excited, or perhaps anxious about it, but instead I feel a confident assurance. I have seen their work, and they do it well. I have walked by the great rolls of paper in stacks to the ceiling, watched the books shuffle over the conveyor belt, the gloved workers packaging them quickly but carefully into their boxes.

Every step of the way, from Teresa typing the first word on the page to the aimless customer catching sight of it on the shelf, it's a huge and happy effort. We are proud to take our place in this great industry and look forward to what the future holds.

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