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Nov 1, 2007 12:00 AM

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Hiring the best

We've spoken to Debra Thompson of TG & Associates for many of AP's AMERICAN QUICK PRINTER articles. Thompson recently teamed with Bill Greif to write “No More Rotten Eggs: 13 Steps to Hiring Grade AA Talent.”

He offers a clear path to hiring success, provided readers don't take any shortcuts. A CD includes sample ads, job descriptions, interview questions and more.


Omaha's ‘Print Man’ retires after 50 years

Kudos to Jim Marcum who just retired as senior vice president from Omaha Print after a half century of service. Marcum is one of four Omaha Print employees at who have worked there for 50 years, including Harvey Hayes, chairman of the board.

Soon after graduating from high school in 1957, Marcum, 67, started work as a typographer. He eventually became the foreman of the typesetting department. After that he became assistant plant manager and then plant manager. He went on to become assistant vice president of manufacturing, then vice president of manufacturing and ultimately senior vice president.

Interestingly, Omaha Print wasn't Marcum's first employer. Marcum spent a few weeks with another printing company and recalls hesitating to tell his father he was switching jobs after only two months. “Don't you be a vagabond,” was his father's stern response.

Recalling his father's words, Marcum got emotional as he reflected on his last day at Omaha Print. He said when he left the building that day he turned around and looked up at the building and said, “Okay, Dad, now are you satisfied?”


Dealing with missing fonts

A Font Emulation feature is built into Global Graphics' Harlequin RIP. The RIP will make a typographically acceptable match to missing fonts with no text overflow and with appropriate character spacing, weight and width.

With in-RIP font emulation, problem files are sent to the RIP as usual, and the RIP will construct a suitable replacement on the fly. Emulated fonts have the correct width for every glyph in the font, so that letter and word spacing will be correct, and justified text will continue to be justified, with a straight edge to the text block.

The Harlequin RIP is sold exclusively through OEMs who market the RIP under a variety of different brand names. Fusion Systems, HighWater Designs, Polkadots Software and Xitron nominated global Graphics for the PIA/GATF Intertech Technology award.


Frame 'em if you got 'em

Now here's a new Web-to-print angle. Classic Cigar Art is an online company that specializes in original cigar art lithographs. The framed, mint-condition cigar labels range from the 1850s to the 1930s. Most were produced via stone lithography, and where known, the printer is credited.