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Jun 1, 2011 12:00 AM
Don Burdge is president of LA-based BurdgeCooper. He's also an Eagle Scout, as is his son. But in Don's eight years of serving as counselor for the Graphic Arts and Pulp and Paper merit badges, only one scout contacted him.
“He never showed up for the appointment,” recalls Burdge. “Mark Barbour, curator at the Printing Museum (Carson, CA), and I discussed hosting a Merit Badge Day,” a scouting rank advancement opportunity. “Dan Freedland of Southwest Offset, and Ethan Lipton, a Cal State professor, helped us develop a program held the day before Mother's Day.”
More than 100 scouts signed up within 24 hours of the announcement. They made paper, silk-screened T-shirts, and printed Mother's Day cards. “They learned about careers as well as the colleges in the area that offer graphic arts programs,” Burdge reports. “They also learned — contrary to popular to belief — paper is actually good for the earth and the forests.” Burdge and the museum will host a similar event just before Father's Day for 100 more scouts. See http://blog.burdgecooper.com.
Hats off to the Henderson sisters of Richmond, VA. Claire, 17, a high school senior and Emily, 20, a college sophomore, have launched a letterpress business. “They want to develop a market for high-end social printing,” says proud dad Matt Henderson (www.hendersonprinting.net). Judging by the awesome logo, Papa Henderson might have some competition. You go, girls!
Doug Rawson, founder of Superior Litho (www.suplitho.com) and recipient of PIASC's 2011 Ben Franklin award, followed his father's graphic arts footsteps. Ken Rawson, a paper mills rep, helped his son get his first job with the Viking Criterion Paper Co. in New York. Read more about Doug at www.pffc-online.com.
Josh VanderKlok started making wooden toys for his own children. In December 2008, after many requests from other parents, he started selling his toys online. His most popular seller is this $9.75 wooden smart phone. VanderKlok, a Grand Rapids, MI- based loan officer, has shipped the maple mobile replicas to Australia, Canada, England and Singapore.
These are just a few of our online friends. We are always looking for interesting companies and good stories. If you've got one, e-mail your story — with accompanying print-quality images — to KOB@americanprinter.com.
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